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.
“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.”
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.
“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.