The Bajan beauty enrolled for sessions with psychologist Natalie Thomas ahead of her performance at London’s Westfield Stratford City, for which she was paid a cool £500,000.
Natalie – whose website describes her as an “award-winning life coach, enabling you to boost your confidence and achieve your dreams” – admitted counselling the seemingly fearless singer at a Dove-hosted lecture entitled Is Beauty a State of Mind? at Selfridges in Central London on Friday night.
A source said: “Rihanna was incredibly nervous ahead of her November 2012 Westfield gig because there was a lot of pressure on her.
“Her appearance fee had already been reported and she didn’t want to be a disappointment.
“She saw Natalie who advised her on how to cope and gave her a few techniques and tricks for dealing with that stress, and on building up her confidence. She helped restore Rihanna’s self-esteem and shed her inner critic.”
It’s true that RiRi was unusually covered up for the gig (left) – sporting an oversized men’s jacket teamed with bizarre baggy striped trousers and long shirt.
Nonetheless her performance was greeted rapturously by the 20,000 fans in attendance.
Speaking about her low self-confidence issues in an interview that same month, Riri said: “My way probably won’t work for most people but the more I got naked the more comfortable I got.
“I just had to face my fear. You always find something wrong, you always find something you’re uncomfortable with, and one thing turns into another and you get embarrassed and self-conscious about it – you feel like everybody can see what you see.
“It was just knowing that my body is the way it is, no matter what, that helped me – knowing that it is what it is under clothes or outside of clothes.”
Hang on, to conquer your fears aren’t you meant to imagine the other person naked?