When asked about a rivalry between herself and Beyoncé in 2016 by Vogue, Rihanna made it clear that she wasn’t going to compare herself to anyone else because she knows she’s at her best when she’s being wholly herself.
“Here’s the deal. [The Internet] just get[s] so excited to feast on something that’s negative,” she said. “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.”
With that in mind, the 30-year-old can openly support other women because she’s aware that doing so doesn’t take anything away from her. Plus, you can’t deny when your colleagues are killing it. This was evident when she was recorded jamming front row to Beyoncé during her lauded Coachella performance on Saturday night:
#PressPlay: #Rihanna spotted front row turning up to #Beyoncé at Coachella. via. @deexfenty
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It was refreshing to see considering that there is always so much talk of beefs and rivalries between women in the industry, as though there can only be one star. This is never the case for men. But the truth is, it doesn’t help that some of the people mentioned in these type of conversations play into that belief and treat their counterparts as competition only. However, as Rih shows people, you can support other women on the rise and at their best and still be on top. Check out a few other times she fangirled and supported your faves.