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It all worked out for the best.

By Hayden Wright

Twelve years ago, musical theater composer Andrew Lloyd Webber was traveling through Barbados with his longtime record producer, Nigel Wright. The pair ducked into a karaoke bar and noticed a girl whose talent and presence blew her peers away—one Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

Webber recounted the experience to the U.K.’s Good Morning Britain, and said that he and Wright agonized over whether to invite Rihanna back to England with them, so they could make her a star.

Related: Rihanna Just Surpassed Michael Jackson: Here’s Why It Matters

“I said to Nigel, ‘If we bring her back, you know it’s like when you see a picture when you’re away and you take it home and you think, why did I buy that?’” said Webber in a rather cringeworthy analogy. “I thought: we’ll get her back, it’ll be fine, but then what do we do with her?”

In any case, the Star is Born moment wasn’t meant to be. Later on, Rihanna would team up with Jay Z and blossom into the multi-hyphenate, record-breaking entertainer we know today. And to think she could have starred in a revival of Cats.

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