Barbados singer Rihanna once searched the sky for little
green men from Mars. The singer told the British newspaper The Sun. that her
father, Ronald Fenty, was fascinated with the idea of extra-terrestrials. He
encouraged Rihanna to keep a look out in case a spaceship appeared and she
prided herself on being vigilant. "My dad used to make me sit outside on the
steps all night long looking for UFOs flying by, and I had to do that for
years. I didn't see any but I saw a falling star once and I was like,
''Yessss, Dad! Come and see, it just darted!'' Aliens are still a big part of
Rihanna's life as they have a starring role in Battleship, her first feature
film. The movie is about a group of naval officers who battle an other-worldly
invasion on earth. She portrays Petty Officer Cora Raikes, who is tough and
determined. Playing such a strong role was thrilling for Rihanna and it
reminded her of her time in the Cadet Corps. She enjoyed training for the
organisation before she was famous but can't image what it would be like to do
that for a full-time job. "A soldier? I don't know. That is, I mean, if I had
to I definitely would - I have so much respect for soldiers," she said. "They
dedicate their lives to saving other lives and saving their countries and a lot
of times they don't even get recognised for it, even when they come back.
Sometimes they don't have a place to go. It's really sad but they put
themselves on the line out there and I admire them so, so much. It really takes
a certain character and person with a certain discipline to be a soldier."
* Still now new if Rihanna is touring South Africa this year. Rumours are rife, but as soon as The Beat knows, we will shout it out to all her fans!