London: Pop singer Rihanna and socialite Ben Goldsmith have little in common, but a backstage meeting between the two has become the source of much speculation after a series of cryptic messages about their encounter appeared on Twitter.
Ben, the younger brother of Tory MP Zac Goldsmith and socialite Jemima Khan, struck up an unlikely friendship with Rihanna after the two met backstage at a party thrown by Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone to celebrate the engagement of his daughter Petra.
Ben was so ‘very taken’ with the singer after she performed for guests at the lavish soiree held at London’s Battersea Power Station that he went on Twitter to post a picture of her performing in a black sequined dress with the caption ‘Too hot’.
After she finished her routine, he asked for a personal introduction to the 23-year-old singer, and was taken backstage to meet her by Petra, whose father had paid the star 250,000 pounds to perform at the event.
“Ben was out on his own because he and his wife Kate couldn’t get a nanny on Friday night. He was desperate to meet Rihanna and asked Petra to organise an introduction, which she did. She took him backstage to meet her and Ben was rather starstruck,” a party guest told the Daily Mail.
Hours later Rihanna tweeted cryptically: ``Did a private show in London. Just met a cute rich guy... but I can``t **** Benjamin``s (sic)``.