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Saturday 8th August 2020

Rihanna makes emotional plea for missing backup dancer

Singer says her 'heart aches' over missing Shirlene Quigley

Rihanna has made a moving plea for one of her backup dancers, who has been reported missing.

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The star took to Instagram to ask anybody with information on the whereabouts of Shirlene Quigley to get in touch with police.

She wrote: "This beautiful soul, and former dancer of mine is MISSING!!!

"My heart aches thinking of how heavy this is on all who love her! If anyone has seen or has any information on @shirlenequigley's whereabouts ..... PLEASE CONTACT the North Bergen Police Department 201 392 2100 !!!!"

Alongside the touching post she shared a video of the 32-year-old dancer talking about how we should treat everybody we meet like they are family.

“Imagine if we treated each other like we all really came from the same family," she says in the clip.

“I know people probably think I’m crazy because I’m always telling everyone ‘I love you! I love you!’

"Because the minute that I meet somebody I do love them because I know in my heart and in my spirit that that’s my brother and my sister, that’s my neighbor.”

Shirlene, who has performed with Beyoncé and Missy Elliott - as well as Rihanna - was last seen getting on a bus at the Port Authority Terminal in New York City at 1am on Sunday.

Rapper Missy Elliott also posted a plea for the dancer's safe return.

"This is @shirlenequigley she's been missing since Friday she is so loved & we pray for her safe return.. if u have any information or seen her please contact North Bergen police 201-392-2100 she was last seen at 12:55 am at Port Authority.

"Need help from the whole Dance Community to spread the word! Those who have met her know her spirit is always bubbly and kind & uplifting energy! Sending countless prayers."

Shirlene, who works as a dance teacher in New York,  appeared in Beyoncé’s Crazy In Love video, Rihanna’s S.O.S. video and danced in several of the singer's shows.