Rihanna showed her maternal side last night when she greeted some of her youngest fans — before taking to the stage with her X-rated live show.

The Disturbia singer took time to pose with some cute youngsters in fancy dress, as she took a walk around the Canadian city of Toronto ahead of her performance.

The 22-year-old Bajan singer even gave some a cuddle as she showed that despite the raunchy clothes and severe haircut, she’s a softie — though with her overtly sexualised image and output, she’s perhaps not the sort of person you’d want your children emulating.

The star has had a few days off from her mammoth Last Girl On Earth Tour, which kicked off in April and runs until March next year, to promote her 2009 album Rated R. However, she’s now back on the road for the rest of August and performs in Montreal today.

Thursday last, she tore up the stage at the Molton Amphitheatre in the Canadian city in a series of barely-there outfits and a host of near-the-knuckle dance routines. The singer constantly appeared to fondle herself, made suggestive movements with her microphone and often brandished her derrière defiantly at the crowd. She also straddled a tank painted pink during her song Hard and beat up a car with a baseball bat during Shut Up And Drive.

Meanwhile, the video for Rihanna’s duet with Eminem, Love The Way You Lie, was premiered on MTV in the US on Thursday.

The single, inspired by Rihanna’s beating at the hands of former lover Chris Brown, is about domestic violence and sees movie beauty Megan Fox trade steamy kisses and brutal slaps with Lost star Dominic Monaghan.

The track is currently residing at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 for the third week running.