Rihanna nearly collapses in concert, rushes off stage

Rihanna nearly collapsed during the final song of her show today in Australia. The singer was performing “Umbrella” with Chris Brown when she appeared to hunch over, grabbing her stomach. She then rushed off stage, supposedly right after she finished her final line, though her backing vocals were still going. Chris Brown finished the song, but video of the event is all over YouTube and no legit explanation has been given.

Rihanna passed out on stage during her concert earlier today (November 7th) at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.

Here’s how it went down: The 20-year-old Bajan beauty was performing her smash hit “Umbrella”, the last song of her concert. She had just come down from flying around on a harness. Beau Chris Brown joined her on stage for the final performance of the night. Rihanna was then seen hunching over and signaling that she wasn’t feeling well. Rihanna then ran off stage, where paramedics rushed to her side. Chris continued to finish singing the song and then rushed backstage to Rihanna’s side.

The concert ended without any mention of what exactly happened.

[From Just Jared]

Watching the video, you can’t tell if she did or didn’t pass out. Lots of websites are saying she fainted, but there’s no way to know. She was clearly in some sort of pain or knew something bad was going to happen, but she did manage to make it off stage. Her reps have since given some very, very vague account of what happened.

Rihanna very nearly had an SOS of her own. While reports—and videos—have been circulating online appearing to show the 20-year-old singer on the verge of collapse at the end of a concert in Sydney earlier today, a rep for Rihanna is downplaying any serious medical issues.

“It was very hot at the venue, so after Rihanna’s set was over, she went off stage to sit down, catch her breath and have some water,” her rep tells E! News. “She is perfectly healthy and will be at her show tomorrow.” The incident took place shortly after the chart topper finished her final performance of the night, “Umbrella,” with beau Chris Brown. In video footage taken of the concert, Rihanna is seen slightly hunched over and leaving the stage after finishing her last verse—but before the end of the song.

The “Disturbia” songbird is set to play a second night in the Australian city tomorrow.

[From E! News]

I’m not sure why she’d be grasping her stomach like that from being too hot. Unless she was so dehydrated that she was going to throw up. TMZ pointed out that even though the venue may have been hot, Chris Brown was wearing a sweatshirt throughout the show. Of course Rihanna’s leather corset probably complicated the matter. No matter what, she’s quite the professional to keep on performing her entire concert – possibly down to her last lyric – even when she wasn’t feeling well.

Header of Rihanna performing live on ‘The Today Show Concert Series’ in New York City on June 20th. Images thanks to WENN.

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  1. Renee says:

    Morning sickness?

  2. JTA says:

    I think she just needed to poop!!!

  3. oooooooooooo, is she preggers? HA!

  4. ff says:

    Looks like she was being ill. Could be morning sickness or food poisoning.

    She didn’t look like she nearly collapsed though, just felt sick.

  5. Not Happy says:

    I was at the concert. She was crap the entire night. Stark contrast to the fanastic performance of her beau. The venue was cold from where we were….

  6. paris herpes says:

    If I had to sing that overrated song again for the billionith time I probably would get sick too! Her bondage gear probably didn’t help either…I so hate that song!

  7. mE says:

    Ovarian cyst rupture? I have had one before and they can make you faint from the pain (don’t know if she actually did or not but the pain IS that bad). I know she wasn’t grabbing her lower abdomen (from what I saw anyway) but abdomenal pain transfers a lot.

  8. vdantev says:

    Overburdened by the weight of her own SUCK. She could model and make about 50x what she’s making as a ‘singer’.

  9. Bina says:

    Probably got motion sickness from flying around in that harness! Poor girl!

  10. jennifer says:

    Probably exhaustion, dehydration, etc etc etc. Could be a million reasons. I hope she’s fine, I’m sure she is.

    That hat in that banner pic, though…I wish she’d chucked THAT up. It’s a cool hat, but looks AWFUL on her. Maybe the hat made her sick…? 😛

  11. Anon says:

    jetlag + exhaustion + period pains?