The lost homes of down-on-their-luck celebrities

Rihanna

Where: Beverly Hills, Calif.

Bought for: $6.9 million in 2009

Short sale asking price: $4.5 million

What happened: Shoddy construction

No money problems here. The wildly popular singer now starring in Battleship claims she’s caught in everyone’s worst real-estate nightmare. Rihanna thought she was moving into the mansion of her dreams with eight bedrooms, 10 baths, a gourmet kitchen, sauna and steam room. But the place leaks. A lot. Water has come in through the roof, doors and windows, she says, and it’s done a lot of damage. Rihanna’s sued the former owner and real estate agents who helped her buy the home. Now the singer’s trying to dump it in a short sale. But who wants it with all the bad publicity this home has gotten?