A company that handled the funeral of Clara Brathwaite, Rihanna’s grandmother, has filed a lawsuit against the singer for failing to pay the funeral bill in full, TMZ reported.
Following Brathwaite’s death in June 2012, Rihanna wanted a burial ceremony in Barbados followed by a party, complete with tents, exotic flower arrangements and multimedia large screens, TMZ reported. But, once the ceremony was over, Rihanna refused to pay the company claiming that the bill of more than $150,000 was an exorbitant amount.
Reportedly, she paid only about a quarter of the original bill amount.
Rihanna was said to be close to Brathwaite, who was undergoing treatment for cancer at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York, and paid a tribute of sorts to her grandmother soon after her death by posting intimate pictures of her with her ailing grandmother.
“Goodbye #grangranDOLLY get your beauty rest until I see you,” Rihanna tweeted.
A few days prior to the funeral, Rihanna revealed to her Twitter followers that she was planning a big party.
“#grangranDOLLY time for your party in Barbados,” she wrote, adding “#grangrandolly you are going to have the best party today. #allblackerrthang! and I’m gon’ try to hold it all in, try to hold back my tears.”
While Rihanna might be unwilling to pay the funeral bill, the Examiner reported that the singer donated $1.75 million to the radiotherapy department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados to honor her dead grandmother.
Following the act of charity, the hospital’s Centre for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine was renamed Clara Brathwaite Centre for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine.
“This was my way of giving back to Barbados, in a form of philanthropy, by assisting the QEH in its continued modernization program…I believe that this will have a huge impact on the people of Barbados. This was all done to save lives or at least extend them,” Rihanna told E!News at the time.