Over 4 hours late, Rihanna finally visits Barrington High

Over 4 hours late, Rihanna finally visits Barrington High

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Students leave Barrington High after waiting three hours Students leave Barrington High after waiting three hours
BARRINGTON, Ill. (FOX 32 News) -

The "Shine Bright like a Diamond" video contest winners and other students in Barrington were beside themselves with excitement as they waited for pop star Rihanna to arrive Friday afternoon.

Local middle school students were invited to see Rihanna during her visit to the high school as well. They began lining up to get in around 11 a.m. Friday, since they didn't have school.

What they didn't expect was how long they were going to have to wait for the tardy diva. Nearly three hours after her scheduled appearance, some students decided to leave.

The performer was expected to arrive around 1 p.m., which then got pushed back to 2 p.m. When 3 p.m. passed with no sign of the singer, patience turned into frustration for some who  were tired, hungry, and had enough of waiting.

"Now I'm debating whether I should go back in or not," said Barrington senior Rajeev Jayaraman. "But, 2 1/2 hours wait time, I don't know if it's worth it right now."

"It was just kind of annoying waiting for like 3 hours, so it didn't really seem worth it," said freshman Cara Allen.

Repeated announcements at the school promised her arrival "soon." Around 4:30 p.m., Rihanna tweeted out a photo of bumper to bumper traffic, saying "This Chicago traffic is not working."

Running four hours late, Rihanna popped in to honor the students that brought her to the school with their winning entry of "Shine Bright like a Diamond Contest." 

The video highlighted the students efforts in the community including Connor Maytnier, youth chair for relay for life. The singer hand-picked the winner out of 52 entries.

She spent about 15 minutes at the northwest suburban school, meeting students, answering questions, and taking photos. Many were disappointed with the short time the singer spent with the students.

"It was supposed to be an hour, but she stayed for like 15 minutes," fan Aliza Hasan said. "It went from it was supposed to end at 2 but then it ended up ending at 5:15."

Others say it was the attention she brought to a school doing so much good that really mattered in the end.

"I think it's awesome because it finally shows, it's a lot of kids getting attention and for all of the right reasons," Barrington High student Catherine Goetze said.

After her school visit, Rihanna went downtown to the United Center to perform at her scheduled concert, where she was also late to take the stage.

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