Rihanna Late to Charity Event, Blames Chicago Traffic

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Rihanna showed up late to a planned appearance at Barrington High School in Chicago Friday after getting caught in a traffic jam. For four hours.

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The 25-year-old was very late to greet students who won the contest she sponsored. She asked students to create videos showing their charitable work.

"On my way to Barrington High School in Chicago!" she tweeted Friday. "I can't wait to meet these kids man! They're major inspirational life changers."

But Rih didn't get to meet her young fans for awhile. "This Chicago traffic is not working," she tweeted with a picture of her car sitting in traffic.

As she waited, Rihanna praised Barrington High School's hard work on Twitter by sharing some facts about their contributions to worthy causes.

"They partnered up with Gigi's Playhouse a Down syndrome awareness center and created a video for their banquet and raised 245,000," she continued.

"They travel to S. Dakota every year to help the people of the Native American community on the crow creek reservation! They raised $35,000 to build houses."

Though some students told The Chicago Tribune they thought it was "rude" that Chris Brown's GF was so late to the event, they also quickly forgot.

"Thank you guys for coming and waiting," she told the crowd.

But after a 16-minute visit, Rihanna was already back on the road. "BHS thank you man! You guys RULE!" she tweeted. "I just love this school!"

Sounds like the feeling is mutual.

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Rihanna Biography

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Full Name
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Rihanna Quotes

I get asked about it all the time and I’m like, You’re asking, but you know the answer. I don’t even like to address it anymore.

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Sometimes you just need your privacy. But it comes with the territory. There's no privacy when you are out in the public.