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Man stunned after realizing Rihanna paid him $500,000 to move out of his own home for a week
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Man stunned after realizing Rihanna paid him $500,000 to move out of his own home for a week

The man couldn't believe the mega-star dropped half a million to rent his house for just a week

We all remember Rihanna’s infamous halftime show at the Super Bowl.

After keeping a low profile for a few years while fans begged for new music, she took time away from the spotlight to start a family with long-term partner A$AP Rocky, but made a special appearance for the iconic performance.

In usual Rihanna a fashion, she came back with a bang and did nothing by half measures with her halftime show earlier this year, causing a frenzy as she killed the choreography and challenging vocals, despite being pregnant at the time with her second child.

During the 13 minute performance, over five million more people tuned in to watch her than the actual football game.

The star was dressed all in red, at one stage suspended high in the air on a platform as she belted out classics such as ‘Only Girl in the World’ and 'Umbrella'.

She never lost it, she was just taking time to be a mama.

Although Ri-Ri fans had endless questions about the performance, the pregnancy... we were nosey across the board.

One thing some fans wanted to know was where was the star staying when she performed in Arizona?

Behold - the world's richest self-made woman in music.
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Well, 48-year-old cybersecurity expert Spyro Malaspinas knowns all about that, as he rented out his five-bedroom home to Rihanna during the Super Bowl week.

He purchased the 6,400-square-foot home in the affluent town of Paradise Valley for a whopping $7.3 million last year.

In the build-up to the 2023 Super Bowl, Malaspinas was approached by a property management firm who he'd already worked with.

They offered him a staggering $500,000 to rent his home out in the week of Super Bowl LVII, an offer he really couldn't refuse.

What he didn't know at the time was they were acting on behalf of Rihanna, who was looking for somewhere to crash as she prepared for her big comeback.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Malaspinas said: "The last thing I am is a real estate baron.

Rihanna headlined the halftime show at this year's Super Bowl.
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"My pride’s not that big. I don’t mind moving out for $500,000 a week."

The cybersecurity expert told the outlet the money he received just to move out for a week will cover his mortgage payments for two years

It wasn't until after Malaspinas agreed the hefty lease that he found out he was renting his home out for the week to Rihanna.

"My [13-year-old] daughter was absolutely thrilled," he told the Wall Street Journal.

Topics: Celebrity, Rihanna, Super Bowl