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Sunday 31 August 2014

Will Rihanna be bringing her dazzling Diamonds concert to Croke Park?

CHART-TOPPER Rihanna is expected to bring her glittering Diamonds tour to Croke Park next year.

Irish fans of the Umbrella star (24) are keeping their fingers crossed that the Bajan singer will be wowing them in the home of the GAA in 2013 in what would be one of the biggest gigs of the summer.

She has already announced a string of dates in America and Canada as part of her fifth global tour, which will kick off in March and run until May.

The announcement comes ahead of the release of the top beauty's seventh studio album Unapologetic, which will hit the shelves on November 19.

And she is due to unveil the European dates shortly, with high expectations that she'll play the monster arena on Dublin's northside in what would be her biggest gig here ever.

Speaking about her Diamonds tour, which was taken from the title of the new single from her album, she promised that it would blow everyone away. "We're going to be going on tour next year so this year we're spending our time planning to make sure it's bigger than anything we've done and something more impactful -- maybe something different -- so my fans can get excited about it," she said.

No stranger to these shores, she has performed here many times before and appears to be a big fan of Ireland.

She was last here playing at the O2 Dublin in October 2011 and such was the demand to see her in action, promoters laid on a second date for November.

Rihanna famously came to Ireland in January 2009 to support her then-boyfriend Chris Brown, with their visit here one of the first times they were photographed publicly canoodling.

Their appearance in Dublin came just one month before his assault on Rihanna, and subsequent conviction, the day before they were due to attend the Grammys in February 2009.

However, they have sparked reports that they could have rekindled their romance in recent months after being spotted enjoying a number of events together.

She was giving nothing away though when quizzed about their relationship status this week by American host Andy Cohen.

When asked what she thought of Brown, she said he's "dope" before adding how he's "kinda alright".

When Cohen pressed her further on the issue, asking it the two were actually an item now, she replied: "No, not together."

He also asked about the duet with Chris on her upcoming album, entitled Nobodies Business.

"He asked if the message was as "obvious" as it seemed.

She replied: "Basically, the way I look at everything regarding my personal life. Even though you have to witness it, it still is mine.

"This is mine at this point, and when it gets to my music, I'll give and I'll give, and I just feel like I need to keep a little bit for me that I get to decide."

mfinn@herald.ie

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