Robyn Rihanna Fenty. What can we say that hasn’t already been said? With over a dozen No. 1 hits to her name and her makeup brand, Fenty Beauty, breaking records, Rihanna is a force to be reckoned with in pop culture, becoming a style icon and amassing a $600 million fortune since bursting onto the scene in the mid-2000s.
This level of success also comes with a lot of criticism, but unlike celebrities who choose to ignore the hate that comes their way, Rihanna has zero qualms about speaking her mind and retaliating in kind to anyone who (famous or not) publicly disses her. They don’t even have to publicly diss her — or privately diss her, for that matter — sometimes Rihanna targets any poor soul who catches her ire and lets it fly.
Self-described as “petty af,” this singer-songwriter has had as many online feuds as she’s had Top 40 hits. Love her or hate her, her outspoken nature has made her a long list of enemies. Here are a few celebs who can’t stand Rihanna.
Chilli and T-Boz want Rihanna to put some clothes on
During a 2014 interview with Australia’s Sunrise, Chilli and T-Boz — the remaining members of the R&B group TLC — seemingly took aim at Rihanna by suggesting she sells her music by being scantily clad. “Every time I see you, you don’t have to be naked. And it’s hard for us to say anything because every time we say something, ‘Oh TLC, oh they must be jealous,” T-Boz said. ” … I call a spade a spade, okay? We became the biggest-selling girl group of all time with our clothes on — that says a lot. It’s easy to sell sex.”
Rihanna responded in the most Rihanna way: by changing her Twitter header photo to a shot of TLC’s ’94 VIBE photoshoot, where the partially-clothed trio posed while covering their breasts with their hands (via Billboard). She then fired off a series of not-so-subtle tweets, including a photo of herself with her tongue out, captioned with, “When there’s no changing the fact that I’m me, and they’re well…they’re them.”
T-Boz fired back on Twitter and attempted to clarify the situation: “Last time I checked I didn’t say no bodies name the interview lady did s**t I’m out of the country lol I didn’t even see pics.” TMZ then caught up T-Boz, asking about her so-called “exchange” with Rihanna. “No, there was just her exchange,” she replied. “… I’m a grown a** woman. You wanna holla? You know where to find me.”
Charlie Sheen claims Rihanna ruined his dinner
Imagine you’re in a restaurant and Charlie Sheen wants to meet you. Do you hide or do you run away? Rihanna found herself in that situation in 2014, when the former Two and a Half Men star wanted to introduce his then-fiancée, Brett Rossi, who was a big fan. According to Sheen (via E! News), Rihanna refused, explaining that there were too many paparazzi outside and a meeting “just wasn’t possible at this time.”
In a now-deleted Twitter rant, Sheen proceeded to have a meltdown: “At this time? AT THIS TIME?? lemme guess, we’re to reschedule another random 11 million to 1 encounter with her some other night…? no biggie for me; it would have been 84 interminable seconds of chugging Draino and ‘please kill me now’ that I’d never get back. My Gal, however, was NOT OK with it.” He added, “Nice impression you left behind, Bday or not. Sorry we’re not KOOL enough to warrant a blessing from the Princess. (or in this case the Village idiot).” Yikes.
Rihanna responded the next day, tweeting out, “If that old queen don’t get ha diapers out of a bunch…” Meanwhile, Sheen called the singer a “b**ch” on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live three years later (via Page Six). He offered a public apology later that week, tweeting, “dear @rihanna, pardon my inane self-indulgence. let’s have a drink someday (on me).” At the time of this writing, Rihanna has yet to respond.
Teyana Taylor was ready to throw blows on Rihanna
It all started with singer-songwriter Teyana Taylor posting a video of herself on Instagram covering Anita Baker’s “Caught Up in the Rapture” in 2013 — and it got real messy from there. Later that month, Rihanna shared an Instagram video of her hairstylist, Yusef, singing the same song while dressed like Taylor … and the “Gonna Love Me” singer didn’t take it well.
“Don’t play wit me Rihanna,” Taylor wrote in a now-deleted tweet (via Us Weekly). “F**k all this industry s**t, YOU & I know each other VERY well. Throwing subs 4 wat? U got my #, don’t show off.” Her Twitter mentions were then inundated with Rihanna fans, to which Taylor replied, “Y’all could bully everybody else & get away wit that s**t but that s**t ain’t one work ova here. so y’all could miss me with that NAVY s**t.” (Navy is the name of Rihanna’s fan base).
In another since-deleted tweet, Rihanna hit back with, “You will NOT get an @ from me! Not till you pay me!” alongside hashtags reading, “#nomorefreepromo” and “#irefuse.” Rihanna also changed her Twitter background, showing her then-net worth of $90 million compared to Taylor’s $500,000. Talk about next-level petty. Taylor responded by photoshopping her face on a boxer punching Rihanna. Yikes. In response, Rihanna tweeted, “I hate broke b**ches.” The beef ultimately hurt Taylor’s net worth, considering Adidas swiftly dropped their relationship following her threat of violence, according to BET.
Daily Mail reporter Liz Jones called Rihanna 'toxic'
Calling Rihanna “pop’s poisonous princess” in a 2013 article for the Daily Mail, writer Liz Jones apparently didn’t know she was picking a fight. Calling out everything from the singer’s suggestive lyrics and wardrobe choices to her decision to reconcile with abusive ex Chris Brown, Jones claimed that the Barbados-born beauty was a “toxic” influence on her young, impressionable fans and should come with “a government health warning.” Tell us how you really feel, Liz.
The next day, Rihanna went DEFCON-0 on Instagram with an epic takedown of Jones. “My money got a bad habit of pissing people off!!” Rihanna wrote, accompanied with an admittedly less-than-flattering photo of the British reporter. “If you sincerely wanna help little girls more than their own parents do, here’s a toxic tip: don’t be amateur with your articles, you sound bitter!” Calling Jones “a sad sloppy menopausal mess,” Rihanna made it perfectly clear that she never asked to be a role model and was just content in living her life. “I got my own f**ked up s**t to work on, I’ll never portray that as perfect, but for right now it’s ME!!” she continued. “Call it what ya want!! Toxic was cute, Poisonous Pop Princess had a nice ring to it, just a lil wordy!”
Jones responded to the ensuing media circus in an op-ed titled, “I am NOT a troll (but you’re right Rihanna, I am a mess).” We get the feeling Jones’ next Rihanna article isn’t coming any time soon.
Amanda Bynes said what about Rihanna? Yikes!
Concerns about former child star Amanda Bynes’ mental health surfaced when her official Twitter account became home to a rash of strange and downright mean posts. One of her most infamous tirades, however, came in 2013, when she set her sights on Rihanna with what many considered to be a highly offensive and racist attack. Brace yourselves…
“@rihanna you look so ugly tryin to be white,” the Easy A star wrote in a now-deleted tweet (via the Daily Mail). “Chris Brown beat you because you’re not pretty enough.” It was only a matter of time before Rihanna responded, and respond she did: “Ya see what happens when they cancel Intervention?” Bynes probably should have just set her phone down at that point, but she had another tweet left in her, replying with, “Unlike ur fugly faced self I don’t do drugs! U need the intervention dog! I met ur ugly face in person! U aren’t pretty u know it!”
Rihanna let it go at that point, and five years later, Bynes addressed her bizarre Twitter behavior and apologized to everyone she ever attacked on the platform. “I’m really ashamed and embarrassed with the things I said,” Bynes told Paper magazine. “It makes me feel so horrible and sick to my stomach and sad. Everything I worked my whole life to achieve, I kind of ruined it all through Twitter. It’s definitely not Twitter’s fault — it’s my own fault.”
Ciara thinks Rihanna could be nicer
Ciara learned the hard way not to diss Rihanna on national television. The “Goodies” singer made that mistake in 2011 as a guest on E!’s Fashion Police, where she recalled an encounter with the makeup mogul. “I ran into her recently at a party and she wasn’t the nicest,” Ciara explained (via the Daily Mail). “And it’s crazy because I’ve always loved and respected what she’s done with fashion and I’ve ran into her, you know, before but this time it was really … it wasn’t the most pleasant run-in.”
As expected, Rihanna attacked Ciara on Twitter. “My bad Ci, did I forget to tip you? #howrudeofme,” she wrote, suggesting that Ciara was part of the waitstaff. Ouch. Ciara replied with, “Trust me, Rihanna, you don’t want to see me on or off the stage.” Rihanna then went in for the kill, tweeting, “Good luck with bookin that stage u speak of.”
However, the two quickly called a truce, with Rihanna extending an olive branch after appearing to regret her Twitter drone strike. She tweeted, “Ciara baby, I love u girl! U hurt my feelings real bad on TV! I’m heartbroken! That’s y I retaliated this way! So sorry! #letsmakeup.” To which Ciara replied: “Rhi u know its always been love since day 1! Doing shows/everything. you threw me off in that party! Apology accepted. Let’s chat in person.” No word on whether that chat actually happened or not.
Karrueche Tran had no time for Rihanna's social media antics
In 2012, Chris Brown was rumored to be dating model and actress Karrueche Tran — and considering Rihanna temporarily rekindled her tumultuous relationship with Brown a year later, seeing her then-ex with Tran apparently didn’t sit well with her. Naturally, Rihanna did what Rihanna does — she started an online feud. The “We Found Love” singer posted a photo on Instagram of a bag of rice cakes wearing sunglasses and hoop earrings with caption, “Ima make u my b**ch.” The caption was a lyric from her and Brown’s collab, “Birthday Cake,” and the photo was perceived to be a racist dig at Tran, who is half-Vietnamese. Not a good look, RiRi.
Tran then came out swinging. “I’m Angeline [sic], you’re Jen. C’mon you see where Brad is at,” she wrote in a now-deleted Facebook post, in reference to the once-perceived love triangle between Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie (via HuffPost). “Let me clear the air, if you have fenty at the end of ya name or your default Is Rihanna you have a better chance of winning the lottery than ending up on my friends list.”
Did that stop Rihanna? No, it did not. “I’m a leader, yall on some followin s**t…comin in dis game on some modeling s**t!” she tweeted. We don’t expect Rihanna and Tran to have a girls’ night out any time soon.
Azealia Banks doesn't care for Rihanna's politics
Azealia Banks has never met a feud she didn’t like, so when she set her sights on Rihanna, it was the classic case of an unstoppable force meeting an unmovable object. Responding to President Trump’s 2017 executive order to ban immigrants from seven countries from entering America, Rihanna tweeted: “Disgusted! The news is devastating! America is being ruined right before our eyes! What an immoral pig you have to be to implement such BS!!”
Banks, an outspoken Trump supporter, decided this was her hill to die on. “As far as Rihanna (who isn’t a citizen, and can’t vote) and all the rest of the celebrities who are using their influence to stir the public, you lot really REALLY need to shut up and sit down,” Banks wrote in a now-deleted tweet (via Billboard). “But I can say that as an American who enjoys her safety and overall ability to maintain a certain level of ignorance as pertains to the world outside of our borders, I am 100% shook about open borders and would be reallllllllllllly scared for my self and my family if any parts of that war began to become real on this soil.”
Rihanna’s response? Classic RiRi. “The face you make when you a immigrant,” she captioned a photo of herself making a kissy-face. Rihanna also used the hashtags, “#stayawayfromthechickens,” “#iheartnuggets,” and “#saveourhens,” in reference to Banks’ disturbing claim that she’d sacrificed chickens in her closet as part of a witchcraft ritual. We can’t make this stuff up.
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