Updated: Thu, 27 Sep 2012 13:28:14 GMT | By Emma Jones
Katy Perry is Billboard's Woman of the Year

Bagging a best friend

Rihanna, Katy Perry (© Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
  • Katy Perry at the Hollywood premiere of Part of Me 3D (© MARIO ANZUONI/Reuters)
  • Katy Perry, no makeup (© Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
  • Katy Perry, Part of Me 3D, Christian music (© Paramount/Everett/Rex Features)
  • Katy Perry, I Kissed a Girl single (© Capitol Music Group)
  • Katy Perry poses with spoon after posing with a switchblade (© Twitpic)
  • Katy Perry versus Lily Allen (© Chris Polk/KCA2010; Eric Ryan/Getty Images)
  • Rihanna, Katy Perry (© Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
  • Katy Perry, Hello Katy Tour, 2009 (© PHIL NOBLE /Reuters)
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Have you ever pondered how Katy Perry met her long-time BFF and fellow pop tart Rihanna? In a May 2012 interview with Elle magazine, the pair finally spilled on how they became 'fast friends' during a rehearsal for the 2009 Grammy Awards - yup, that's the same awards show Riri later backed out of after Chris Brown assaulted her.

Perry told Elle that when she saw Rihanna at the rehearsal, 'she had this cool studded Valentino bag that had sparkly stuff on it.' Having complimented her on it, Rihanna offered to send her one of her own. 'I was like, 'Oh great, here's one of those tricks who talks fast friends but never lives up to it,'' Perry recalled thinking at the time. 'And then Valentine's Day came around and I got a little Valentino bag in the mail from her. I thought, 'Wow, this is a woman of her word.'' So there we have it, a sparkly handbag is the way to a woman's heart...although shoes and chocolate are also much appreciated.