Although, at 23, she is the youngest person to ever reach 10 number one singles (a feat done in five years), we often just see her as a hitmaker and don't get to hear her opinions. Well, recently she did an interview with Glamour magazine and dished about her friendships and competition with the leading ladies of pop music. After the jump, get her perspective!
"GLAMOUR: Let’s talk about your competition. There’s a tight pack, right?
RIHANNA: There’s a pack. It’s me, Gaga, Katy Perry, Beyonce…who else? Ke$ha, for sure. Women are definitely dominating music right now, and that’s because we are competitive beings. I feel like music hasn’t been this exciting in a while.
GLAMOUR: You and Katy Perry are friends, right? You threw her bachelorette party when she married Russell Brand. And you’re competing. Are you “frenemies”?
RIHANNA: No. [Laughs. ] Katy is, like, the s—t. Honestly, I really love that girl. And when I met her, it was at a time when I wasn’t really talking to any females besides the women I work with and my best friend. I’ve always been like that, my whole teenage life, till now.
GLAMOUR: Your friends are mostly men?
RIHANNA: All my friends are guys, to be completely honest. But when I met her, it was such a breath of fresh air. I just couldn’t believe this chick had no edit button. She was everything I wanted to be at that time, because I was still at a point in my career where I had to edit myself and not be too open. My whole life changed a couple years ago. And that’s when I let my guard down completely…. But Katy and Lady Gaga came out of the gate exactly the way they think, the way they wanna dress, the way they wanna speak.
GLAMOUR: You’re competitive with them, but there’s respect in the game.
RIHANNA: Absolutely. I would only look at them as competition if I really admire them. These women are real competition."
Despite what she says, we all secretly know that Gaga and Queen B are in one corner and Katy Perry and RiRi are in the other, it's just common sense.
Full interview here.