Jodi's new pal Rihanna promises to help make Wonderland huge stars
ACTRESS-turned-singer Jodi Albert is getting a boost for her girlband Wonderland after befriending superstar Rihanna.
The Diary can reveal how the gorgeous wife of Westlife's Kian Egan hit it off with the What's My Name? singer while holidaying in Barbados.
Now Rihanna has promised to do everything in her power to get the band's name out there.
The five-piece group is managed by X Factor judge Louis Walsh and Jodi's hubby Kian and comprises Kasey Smith, Corinna Durran, Sharon Condon, Leigh Learmont and, of course, former Hollyoaks actress Jodi.
And it looks like the girls, who released their debut single Not A Love Song last month, already have a celebrity fan in the form of flame-haired Rihanna, given that she has been in touch with ambitious Jodi to show her support since jetting back to the States.
Jodi (27) has also been tweeting her Barbados-born idol since they partied together last week, with Kian joking that "Jodi and Rihanna are besties now".
"Rihanna spent some time at home in Barbados last week and Kian and Jodi happened to be holidaying there with his Westlife bandmate Mark Feehily and his fiance Kevin McDaid," said a source.
"They bumped into her while enjoying a night out at a party hosted by Ashley Tabor and ended up spending the evening chatting together in a private VIP room. Rihanna was offering Jodi lots of advice on how to get her and the Wonderland girls' careers off to a flying start and has promised to do what she can for them.
"They have been in touch since then and have discussed meeting up in London the next time Rihanna's in town."
Kian and Jodi are regular visitors to Barbados and got married there in May 2009.
In the run up to their big day, which saw them exchange vows at the Turtle Beach Great House, before a reception at Cove Spring, St James, Kian and Jodi spent time relaxing at the Sandy Lane resort, which is owned by a consortium including Irish businessmen Dermot Des-mond and JP McManus.
In between partying with fellow celebs and their close pals Mark and Kevin, the couple have again been making the most of their Caribbean getaway by relaxing on the hotel's beach every day, with Kian brushing up on his surfing skills.