Rihanna Once Revealed How She Calms Her Nerves Before Performing

Despite how long some entertainers have been in the business, stage fright is a real thing. And Rihanna is no exception. The singer once revealed she takes a shot before her live performances to put her at ease. Now that she’s pregnant, of course, she more than likely won’t indulge. 

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Rihanna performs live on stage at San Siro Stadium for Anti World Tour 2016 | Elena Di Vincenzo/Archivio Elena di Vincenzo/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images

Rihanna once said she drinks alcohol before a performance to get her pumped

The “Rude Boy” singer has made several songs that mention her love of libations. Some of her hits that feature alcohol include “Pour It Up,” “Birthday Cake,” “Cheers,” and “BBHM.” In “BBHM,” she sings: “Louis 13 and it’s all on me/N—a you just bought a shot/Kamikaze if you think that you gon’ knock me off the top!”

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What some may not know is that Rihanna actually would indulge before a performance to calm her nerves. The little-known fact was reported by The Richest in 15 secrets about the superstar. The report also notes that she’s not the only entertainer to take a shot of her favorite liquor before a performance. Rapper Lil’ Wayne is also notorious for doing so and even drinking on stage.

Rihanna told More Magazine once that she has one drink she can’t live without and prefers over anything else. “I like a Jameson and ginger cocktail,” she said. “It’s usually what I drink when I’m eating. Actually, if I’m at a party I like cocktails. But there’s fab music in the club, I revert to the liquor!” She also enjoys a rum punch she makes, as well as a vodka cocktail.

The singer is also a proponent for the legalization of marijuana 

Alcohol isn’t the only substance Rihanna enjoys. She’s a huge fan of marijuana, though depending on who you ask, marijuana is not considered a drug. Rihanna considers it to be a natural herb and wants it to be legalized.

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Like other advocates, she feels that marijuana can ease stress and help with medical ailments. She’s known by her millions of Instagram followers for posting photos of her smoking and often uses the hashtag: “#legalizeit.” She’ll never miss a 4/20 celebration.

Rihanna has shared dozens of photos on her social media of her enjoying ganja. She famously smoked on the neck of a security guard at a Coachella concert. The “Diamond” singer has smoked in music videos, has been captured on set smoking, and makes no apologies for it.

She’s considered a trendsetter in fashion and even her personal style

Outside of her love of alcohol and marijuana, she’s also become iconic for her fashion and personal style. Her Savage x Fenty lingerie line is an inclusive one for men and women. She’s constantly making the “Best Dressed” list and is innovative in her choices.

But one thing that helps her stand out is her love of tattoos. She has over 20 and counting. “I like hanging out in tattoo shops” she once said. “I am so intrigued by tattoos. It’s an entire culture, and I study it. Sometimes I go with friends, or just by myself. I get bum-rushed, but I don’t care. I don’t take security.”

Some of her notable tattoos include tribal prints, stars down her back, an Egyptian goddess on her chest, Henna patterns, and a scorpion sign. She also has a matching tattoo with her best friend. 

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