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Andrew Lloyd Webber Claims He Discovered Rihanna

British composer and impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber was on Good Morning Britain this morning to discuss his new musical School Of Rock. During an off-camera discussion with hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, Webber mentioned that he “spotted” Rihanna during a stay in the Caribbean, and Reid brought it into the on-camera segment. Here’s how Webber describes what took place:

I saw her, she was singing with a sort of karaoke band at a hotel I was staying at hotel I was staying at, Sandy Lane in Barbados. She was singing there — this must have been about 12 years ago. I remember talking to Nigel Wright, who’s sort of my music guy, and we were having a drink. We thought she’s very, very good. I said to Nigel, “If we bring her back, you know it’s like when you see a picture when your away and you take it home and you think why did I buy that?” I said, “Nigel, we’ll get her back, it’ll be fine, but then what do we do?”

He then goes on to say his choice to not not act on his instinct is “not a decision I’m proud of” after Piers Morgan asks him a question about how much money he thinks he missed out on. Check it out below.

Cool story, bro — minus the whole likening someone (especially a black person) to property thing.

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