The 28-year-old singer stuns on the April cover of Vogue, sporting a show-stopping Tom Ford sequin dress and a slicked-back ‘do. Rihanna opens up about everything from her new album, Anti, to her love of fashion with the publication, and sets the record straight on reports of a feud between her and Beyonce.
The magazine points out Beyonce’s surprise release of her single “Formation” during Anti’s week climbing the charts as just one reason some fans have been pitting the two superstars against one another, but the “Work” singer isn’t bothered in the least.
“Here’s the deal. They just get so excited to feast on something that’s negative,” Rihanna says. “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.”
Obviously, Rihanna has enough going on in her own life as it is. She’s in the middle of a 63-city world tour, and says her grueling schedule makes it a challenge to be in a relationship.
“My schedule is so crazy right now,” she laments. “It’s definitely going to be a challenge when I do decide to pursue a relationship . . . but I have hope!”
But she couldn’t be prouder of her latest album, even if it turns out to not be as popular as her previous work.
“It might not be some automatic record that will be Top 40,” Rihanna acknowledges. “But I felt like I earned the right to do that now.”
Rihanna’s latest music is definitely personal, judging by the way she describes her songs. For example, “Higher” is about a woman in a not so healthy relationship. “You know he’s wrong, and then you get drunk and you’re like, ‘I could forgive him. I could call him. I could make up with him,'” she explains. “Just, desperate. We just said, ‘You know what? Let’s just drink some whiskey and record this song.'”
Her song “Work,” which Ariana Grande recently poked fun of on Saturday Night Live thanks to the not easily understood chorus, is inspired by her home culture in Barbados.
Aside from her music career, Rihanna also has plenty going on in fashion, including a new Puma collection, and Fr8me, an agency representing stylists and hair and makeup artists, which she co-founded last year.
And it turns out her biggest regret in life is fashion related. Rihanna recalls her infamous completely sheer Adam Selman dress she wore to accept her Fashion Icon award at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards — for which Tom Ford called her “one of the most beautiful women [he has] ever beheld”– and reflects that she wishes she would have changed one thing.
“I just liked it better without the lines underneath,” Rihanna says about donning nothing but a nude pair of undies underneath the intricate Swarovski-encrusted creation. “Could you imagine the CFDA dress with a bra? I would slice my throat. I already wanted to, for wearing a thong that wasn’t bedazzled. That’s the only regret I have in my life.”