Rihanna Gets Real About Beyonce Rivalry, Reveals Her Biggest Regret In Vogue

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.”

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“I Don’t Compete With Ronaldo & He Doesn’t Compete With Me” – Lionel Messi

Barcelona star Lionel Messi insists he doesn’t see himself as being in competition with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo despite the constant comparisons that exist between the pair.

As individuals, Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the game for the best part of the last decade, with the last seven Ballon d’Ors won by one of the two.

That’s expected to become eight in January, with Messi tipped to win it back from Ronaldo, who has won it for the last two years.

However, the Argentine is adamant he’s not spurred on by how

These are things that [other] people say,” Messi said when asked about his rivalry with the Portuguese international in an interview with Yahoo!. 

“I don’t compete with Cristiano and I suppose he would not compete with me — what I want is the very best for my teams and that’s what I am working for.”

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Arsenal Goal Keeper Petr Cech Offers Thoughts On The Mourinho Vs Arsene Wenger Rivalry

The former Blues goalkeeper, who moved to the Emirates, in the transfer window has offered his thoughts on the two club’s managers

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has suggested manager Arsene Wenger and his Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho are regularly at odds because of similar personalities.

Wenger and Mourinho have experienced a fractious relationship on the touchline in their 15 head-to-head meetings – the Frenchman coming out on top just once at the Community Shield in August.

Mourinho has previously labelled his opposite number a “specialist in failure” and the pair also clashed on the touchline at Stamford Bridge last season.

Cech – who swapped the Premier League champions for Arsenal in June – suggested the pair’s winning mentalities could be a factor behind their feisty relationship.

“It’s more a question for them. But, yes, sometimes two pluses doesn’t make a plus,” he told Sportmagazine.

“The similarity is that everybody wants to win. If you ask Jose Mourinho or Arsene Wenger if they want to win everything: yes they do.

“You can see they don’t like losing games and I think this is something you need to have in you if you want to be successful.”

Cech was the only close-season arrival at the Emirates Stadium, with many suggesting Wenger’s lack of recruitment could hinder Arsenal’s title ambitions.

However, the 33-year-old claimed Wenger – and the Frenchman’s plans for the coming seasons -were key factors in his decision to leave Chelsea after 11 trophy-laden years.

“[Wenger] introduced me to the vision the club has for the coming years, to the reason why certain things are the way they are now and how they will be next year and the year after,” he added.

“I really liked the project in the way it matches my ambition and motivations. It’s a difficult decision to go from Chelsea to Arsenal, but I believed it was the right decision because I wanted to be part of the Premier League at a club that matches my ambitions. 

“With Arsenal, that all came together. In football everything changes fast, so you need to have a clear vision and support from people at the club. Obviously the board and everyone at Arsenal believe in the manager – that’s why he’s still here.

“It’s not just for the way you are – it must be for the way you work, too. The public only see the game, they don’t see all the things that are happening behind the scenes. 

“So, sometimes, judging people only on the fraction of the time you see them working can lead to different opinions.”