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Rihanna Talks 'Work', Beyoncé Rivalry, and Fashion Mistakes in Vogue

Rihanna Talks 'Work', Beyoncé Rivalry, and Fashion Mistakes in Vogue

Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

The Bajan diva gives a long interview in Vogue's April issue, addressing her break from music, her media-fuelled rivalry with Beyoncé, and her next projects in movies and fashion.

As she kicks off her 63-city Anti world tour, Rihanna graces the cover of Vogue's April issue. Inside, the pop star doesn't hold back on burning topics. Here are the main things to retain from her cover story.

On why she's still single

"I probably am going to have like four days of tour rehearsal in total, which is Freaking. Me. Out," Rihanna says..."My schedule is so crazy right now." It's why, she says, she's single: "It's definitely going to be a challenge when I do decide to pursue a relationship . . . but I have hope!"

On her two-year music break

"I wanted to have a year to just do whatever I want artistically, creatively," she says. "I lasted a week." The paparazzi got a picture of her going into the studio, "and my fans were like, 'Oh, yes! We's droppin' a single.' " (They had to wait two years for new music)

On her controversial video for "Bitch Better Have My Money"

"It's just a way to describe a situation," she says. "It's a way to be in charge, to let people know that you're all about your business."

On her "Work" lyrics

"You get what I'm saying, but it's not all the way perfect," she says. "Because that's how we speak in the Caribbean."

On Drake?

"Everything he does is so amazing."

On her upcoming role in the Luc Besson movie, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, due out in 2017

Speaking by phone, Besson is reluctant to give too much away about her character, except to say that her personality changes "every 15 seconds." "As you can imagine, because she's number one in her business, she has a protection, like a crocodile," the director says of Rihanna. "But she really let herself go. I was so touched by her."

Photographed by Mert & Marcus for Vogue

On her supposed "rivalry" with Beyonce

"Here's the deal," she says [about the day Beyonce's "Formation" dropped]. "They [the media] 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."

On her biggest (and only) fashion regret

"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."

On becoming the first black woman chosen as the face of Dior, in 2015

"I was already proud to be a Dior woman, but to be a black Dior woman and the first: It did something else for me."

On her next fashion ventures

Puma has already seen its fourth-quarter sales rise from Rihanna's involvement with the brand [with her debut collection, Puma x Fenty], which bodes well for her other collaborations this spring--with Manolo Blahnik on a shoe collection and with Christian Dior on a line of sunglasses.

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Rihanna wearing Tom Ford on the cover of Vogue April 2016.

Rihanna Vogue April 2016

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