Music superstar Rihanna has insisted she never wanted to be famous.

The Umbrella hitmaker found stardom early in her life, signing her first record deal with Def Jam at the age of 17.

Now Rihanna, who turns 26 on Thursday (20Feb14), has revealed that becoming an internationally recognised celebrity was never one of her life goals - all she cared about was the music.

She tells Vogue magazine, "I did sing a lot as a child. A lot. I practiced hard to manoeuvre my voice. I love singing. I love it, and it doesn't feel like a chore. It's an expression.

"I never wanted to be famous. I just wanted my music to be heard all over the world. Then it happened and the fame came with it. I can't ever imagine feeling used to it."