Rihanna Shuts Down Beyoncé Feud Rumors

“They just get so excited to feast on something that’s negative," says the Bajan star.

After the release of Beyoncé’s "Formation" and her infamous Super Bowl performance, fans started griping that Bey was attempting to steal RiRi’s thunder after the release of her ANTI album. But this said feud goes back to the beginning. These two singers were pitted against each other since the start of RiRi’s career.

Rihanna's ANTI World Tour Outfits Prove She's a Fashion Killer 

“Here’s the deal,” Rihanna breaks it down to Vogue. “They just get so excited to feast on something that’s negative. 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.”

Rihanna Will Be Honored At BET's Black Girls Rock! 

But the rumors didn’t stop short of the singers’ professional lives. Allegations circulated that Rihanna was having an affair with Beyoncé’s husband, Jay Z. Rihanna’s publicist, Johnathan Hay, recently confessed on Inside Edition that he had started those rumors during difficult times.

Backstage Pass: Inside Rihanna's Fierce Fenty x Puma NYFW Show 

“The PR stunt that I did was out of desperation to help break ‘Pon de Replay,’” says Hay. “It was reckless and I didn’t think it was going to work. I was just throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what would stick.”

Well, there you have it. The Beyhive and RiRi’s Navy can coexist. 

 

 

WANT MORE FROM ESSENCE? Subscribe to our daily newsletter for the latest in hair, beauty, style and celebrity news.

Read More