Rihanna on Being Pitted Against Beyoncé: "I Can Only Do Me"

Rihanna on Being Pitted Against Beyoncé: "I Can Only Do Me"


Rihanna shares her thoughts on being pitted against Beyoncé in her latest cover story for Vogue. “They just get so excited to feast on something that’s negative,” says Rihanna. “Something that’s competitive. Something that’s, you know, a rivalry. And that’s just not what I wake up to. Because I can only do me. And nobody else is going to be able to do that.” If you remember, Beyoncé dropped her surprise “Formation” video merely a week after Ri's long-awaited album, ANTIwas exclusively released on Tidal, where she is a part owner. As a result, the Internet felt Bey was trying to steal Rihanna's thunder. Of course, Bey had a reason to drop that video when she did since she would go on to perform that single the next day at the Super Bowl.

The interview also dives into Rihanna's personal life. Many expressed hope that she might reconnect with her famous ex Drake after seeing them together in her steamy video for “Work.” However, Rihanna insists she is single right now. “It’s definitely going to be a challenge when I do decide to pursue a relationship… but I have hope!” 

Rihanna also discusses her change of pace on her new album and her decision to change the pop formula she followed in the past. “I just gravitated toward the songs that were honest to where I’m at right now,” she says. “It might not be some automatic record that will be Top 40. But I felt like I earned the right to do that now.” Read the rest of the interview where Rihanna also discusses her collaboration with Puma and her New York Fashion show here.