Still, fans are confident it will arrive before the end of the year – and the decade.
Their hope was fuelled this week when RiRi’s label Def Jam dropped a major hint that R9 was imminent when they shared a photo of the singer making the Roc Nation symbol – holding her hands up in a diamond shape.
Now, the Navy is done with the teasers and ready for the real thing.
A particularly anxious fan admitted: ‘I’m scared to leave the house or do anything of substance in case Rihanna drops an album, sick of it.
One Rihanna fan threatened to give up their RiRi fandom badge in 2020, declaring: ‘1 day left of being a Rihanna stan.
And giving the singer some motivation, another suggested: ‘Honestly….. if Rihanna drops the album it’s the only way to rival the surprise Bey drop.
‘Literally teasing us “2019” then dropping it at the last damn minute of the year….. I’d abandon my entire NYE party playlist.’