The 31-year-old singer and Fenty beauty mogul, who has recently been in London, was spotted arriving at New York’s JFK on Friday, wearing Balenciaga sunglasses, matching Balenciaga sweats and her favourite custom Christian Dior handbag.
Her arrival comes just hours ahead of the release of her film with Donald Glover, also known as his rap alter ego Childish Gambino.
The 54-minute Guava Island is set for release just after midnight following Childish Gambino’s headlining performance at the first night of Coachella, the premier desert music festival in California.
It’s unclear if Rihanna, who is dating Saudi businessman and billionaire Hassan Jameel, is planning to attend the festival. YouTube announced a special one-off screening after which the film will be available for screening on Amazon Prime.
Glover and Rihanna made the much-hyped tropical thriller in Cuba with director Hiro Murai, who is also behind Glover’s acclaimed Atlanta series and directed the performer’s video for the Grammy-winning hit This Is America.
The film – which screened late Thursday at Coachella for a select group – reportedly sees Rihanna play singer Glover’s tough-to-please girlfriend, and centers on themes of music’s power to unify and the weight of capitalism.
‘We live in paradise, but none of us actually have the time or the means to live here,’ Glover says in a teaser trailer for the film, which is said to feature remixes of his music.
The performer has cited inspirations ranging from Prince’s Purple Rain to City of God in making the film, and critics have compared his ambitions in the visual realm to those of pop futurist Janelle Monae – who will perform at Coachella just before Glover – and music royalty Beyonce.
Netflix meanwhile has announced it will release Beyonce’s new film Homecoming on April 17, a documentary centered on her earth-shaking headliner performance at 2018’s Coachella.