Rihanna Explains Why She’d Never Perform with Taylor Swift In NME Interview

Rihanna-Disses-Taylor-SwiftRihanna is going to be on the cover of NME Magazine’s September 18th issue. In her interview, she discusses everything from her still-unfinished next album to feminism. When asked if she’d ever join Taylor Swift’s seemingly endless list of concert guest stars, she says no.

It doesn’t look like Rihanna is willing to clean up her bad girl image enough to share the stage with Taylor.  “I just don’t think it makes sense,” she says. “I can’t really say I’m a role model. I’m not perfect. I’m not trying to sell that.”

Do you really think its about artistic differences? Or is Rihanna throwing Taylor a little shade?

(Photo credits: Rihanna’s Facebook account and Taylor Swift’s Instagram account)

Rihanna On The Cover Of NME

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  • Kira

    Well she didn’t lie and she probably also wouldn’t perform with her because she’s close friends with Katy.

    • degebi

      Taylor and Katy have lots of friends in common (Ellie Goulding, Lorde, etc) so Rihanna being “friends” with Katy has nothing to do with Rihanna not wanting to perform with Taylor.

  • BrokenArrow18

    yah It wouldnt make sense

  • thecat61

    Yes!

    • aslfj

      A.Many artists have surprise guests. Taylor has made a habit of having them throughout her tour as it’s fun for her audience so I’m not sure what’s confusing about that? B. Thank Riri for what? Answering a question in a simple straight forward way? You act like she threw major shade at Taylor haha. Taylor has a more controlled public image. Rihanna started out in such a way and she eventually broke out and is now more uninhabited and open. They truthfully wouldn’t make sense collaborating. It’s not that serious. You’re just salty boo.

      • thecat61

        Lmao! Salty about what?

        • Godney

          these anon taylor stans are getting butthurt over nothing lol

          • thecat61

            Exactly!

          • aslfj

            Lmfao, I’m not a Taylor stan. She’s a problematic white feminist. I just think it’s funny that you always have critiques for Taylor and other artists but you get beyond butt hurt and lose your shit anytime anyone says anything about/questions your extremely problematic fave. But I’m sleep though.

      • Juli

        she did politely throw shade at her though. she said “I don’t think I would. I just don’t think it makes sense.” then she said: I don’t think our brands are the same. I don’t think they match, I don’t think our audiences are the same.”
        in other words, rihanna was saying she wouldn’t play second-place on taylor’s stage. and also said that ‘it doesn’t make sense’ to her. she just knew how to word it in a way that it wouldn’t create a feud.
        I’m grateful that Rihanna isn’t going on taylor swift’s stage, I wouldn’t wanna see my queen next to awkward dancing taylor.

    • blahblahblah

      But that’s not even what Rihanna said. All she said that it doesn’t make sense for HER to perform with Taylor. Not anybody else.

      • thecat61

        Excuse me! Did I say she said anything else?

    • Godney

      many would just be in the audice (mostly for their kids) and she “asked” them to go on stage… but i still dont see the point of it

      • degebi

        The point is to surprise fans. Nowadays with every peformance being on youtube, the audience knows everything about every concert so Taylor likes surprising them and doing something they weren’t expecting.

        And btw in that interview you are referring to Taylor was talking about the people who walk during Style, not the musical guests. Taylor invites the musical guests months in advance.

        • Godney

          i know what i was talking bout… is pretty obv the musical ones were staged… like Matt Leblanc… her fans prob have no idea who he is or barely has since they are pretty young
          and srsly… if i was a fan i would be annoyed… is fun a few times not very comun… like i am paying to see her sing and perfom… so do it.
          Y’all have taylor way up high

          • degebi

            She sings like 18-20 songs of her own. What’s the big deal with her singing ONE song with someone else? And why would it bother you for someone to walk on the catwalk while she sings Style? It’s not like she stops singing and performing. You can easily ignore whoever is walking on the catwalk…

            I don’t think Taylor is perfect at all. She has done and said lots of things I disagree with but I think people overreact way too much with her inviting people to join her on stage. It’s not that big of a deal and just because you don’t like it, doesn’t mean the 50,000 other people in the audience don’t either.

          • Godney

            ok i wont write what i already wrote…. read above.
            what overreacting tho? me (and @thecat61) were commenting how WE dont get the point… y’all are writing these long ass comment out of the nowhere.

          • Tara

            I’m a huge fan of taylor and Friends! I mean everyone knows him as Joey. Honestly I’d be thrilled to see her along with other celebs if given the chance

          • Godney

            good for you

      • i

        The point is its her show and her fans enjoy it so why not?

        • Godney

          is a concert tho… if someone is paying to see HER then she should be the main attraction to the show.. now she her tour is only a runaway of “famous” people.

          • i

            Not really? Style is a 4 minute song. No ones paying $500 a ticket to see people walk a catwalk for 4 minutes. She’s still the main focus. Its just a way to perform the song. It takes nothing from her being the singer. Just like no one goes for the opening act, no one goes to see models walk. It’s not like its for the whole show. Same with the guest singers. They’re only there for 10 minutes tops. So 20 minutes of extras invalidates the rest of her show? It sounds more like you think because you don’t like it, no one should.

          • Godney

            no?… i’ve seen comment of people (not stans) saying they just wanted her to sing the damn song and others just going to see who was going to be on stage.

            And in the press if my fave would make headlines with her tour mainly (not to say only) because of who walks on stage… i would be pretty embaraced tbh.

            Again, a couple times is cool, funny, fresh… everytime it looks like she has to because if not then her concert is not getting press… its all PR and it is a little annoying…

            gosh even miley got press out of her own self on her concert.

          • thecat61

            Miley doesn’t need to bring anyone on stage with her…well except for the kid who asked her to the prom…now that was a surprise and fun for the audience.

          • degebi

            Is masturbating on stage also fun for the audience?

          • thecat61

            Damn straight Skippy

          • i

            Yeah because what Miley does for attention is much better.

          • thecat61

            Yep!

          • i

            Also Taylor’s gone to prom with people before and has brought them to meet her too. Hell she brought 1 kid to an award show. Miley didn’t originate that nor is she the only one that’s ever brought a fan on stage.

          • thecat61

            Oh boy…Taysue went to the prom and brought them to meet her…yahoooooo

          • i

            Oh boy Miley… brought a kid on stage that asked her to the prom… yahoooooo.
            You can talk about her charities until your head explodes, fact is Taylor does just as much if not more to charities. You won’t hear that part though because you only hear what you want. You have an unnatural hatred of her. It’s creepy actually.

          • thecat61

            And you have an unnatural hatred for Miley. The only charity Taysue cares about is herself

          • i

            The fuck??? You literally only hear what you want.

          • thecat61

            As do you! ☺

          • Godney

            i think is ok to bring people on stage, specially fans… but this is just PR and that makes it annoying to me… (TO ME… incase this same taylor stans cannot read)

          • thecat61

            Bingo

          • i

            “others just going to see who was going to be on stage.”
            You realise its a $500+ ticket? No ones paying $500+ to see the special guests.
            In other words you don’t like it or her so no one should.

          • Godney

            LMAO
            y’all know not ALL the tickets are over 500 right?
            and taylor fan base has a lot of privileged white people…. who do have the money…
            if i said that is because people did pay another ticket JUST to see the celeb on stage again.

            And if you think about it is quite a good strategy because taylor has no stage presence tbh

          • i

            It is a good strategy. That’s why she does it. And yeah her tickets are expensive. The cheapest ones she had were $200. $200 times 2-4 tickets = a lot of money. That’s why anyone that pays those prices to see 20 minutes of guests is insane. Decent seats are $500+. She’s still the one you’re going to see. The guests are just meant to add to the show. Like anything else some people will like it, others won’t.

          • thecat61

            You’re so right about the stage presence.

            Do you get that feeling that we’re responding to the same Taysue stan but with different names or is it just me?

          • Godney

            lmao yesss, its quite sad tbh lol

      • thecat61

        All publicity. Look at me and all my friends. Lol

        • degebi

          Friendshaming: A new concept invented just for the sake of having one more reason to criticize Taylor.

          • thecat61

            Boo hoo hoo!

  • Lo la

    Why is this being out of proportion so much? lmao
    interviewer: would u get on taylors stage
    rihanna: no we’re different shes a rolemodel im not
    interviewer: ok
    this was literally it ?? no shade. no bad blood.

    • asflj

      Whoever wrote this post clearly doesn’t know the definition of shade lol

  • Lena

    Oh my god stop using shade out of context

  • Godney

    but why not add the whole quote tho?
    she said they have different audiences and just wouldnt make sense.
    That when she thinks of taylor she thinks of role model and she doesnt see herself like that..

    and i think she is completly right

  • Godney
  • barbiescunt

    In other words, Rihanna doesn’t fuck with Taylor like that.

  • JoeJonasTroops

    Rihanna is a much better role model than Taylor.

    • degebi

      Lol good one

      • JoeJonasTroops

        I’m serious, fuck face.

        • degebi

          Then you lack a brain…and apparently a few hugs and happiness in your life. Chill.

          • JoeJonasTroops

            Why is my opinion bothering you? You think sabotaging women and calling yourself a ‘feminist’ or having the wrong attitude about men is being a good role model? You think constantly being unable to stop feeling sorry for yourself and lacking imperfection is being a good role model? What about her younger fans? Taylor beats herself up or bashes men, this isn’t exactly good role model quality. Yet, millions of teenage girls listen to her and think they’re supposed to feel good about feeling bad. They may end up with low self-esteem and in bad relationships by following her lead.
            But if you’ve encountered the real shit like domestic violence, you’d be able to understand what a role model Rihanna is. Lol just because Rihanna sings about sex and doesn’t make the fact that she takes shots a secret, it doesn’t make her any less of a better role model than your bitch who often tries too hard to maintain her squeaky-clean, flawless next door neighbor image, (it’s only a gimmick, she’s greedy AF.) Just don’t reply if you don’t agree.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/341c2f30555e79eec45fbfa217cffcfe95ccd84ca8f8f04eae026cc189f50301.gif

  • Baby Slash

    Why are people even bothering Ri with these type of questions?
    She answered it well though.

    • degebi

      Because everyone loves drama, especially when it’s against Taylor. They want all these celebs to criticize Taylor so they’ll have 20 articles to write about it. That’s why pretty much every famous person gets asked about her.

      • thecat61

        “Taylor Swift or Katy Perry if you had to choose” “Miley’s my girl” — Ringo Starr.

        And everyone is asked about Miley…so what’s your point!

        • degebi

          But literally every artist is asked about Taylor, including Miley. When interviewers ask stuff about Miley it’s more like “how come you haven’t become such a mess like Miley?” or “why don’t you show your boobs as often as Miley?” That’s what Miley is now known for. Being a mess and showing her boobs.

          • thecat61

            Omg lmao….how old are…12? You’re so fucking lame.

          • degebi

            Awwww the truth hurts, huh?? It’s fine, sweetheart, I’m sure one day you’ll realize how little of a shit your fave gives about you and you’ll open your eyes and see how much a racist, ignorant idiot she is.

          • thecat61

            Once again, you’re so fucking lame. At least my fave uses her platform to help others while yours uses her platform to only help herself.

          • degebi

            Yeah that’s why she donates to several causes on a DAILY basis and has been named most charitable celebrity like 3 years in a row, right? She doesn’t do it for attention which is why barely anyone finds out. That’s why you don’t know that she paints a dozen guitars everyday and sends them to children’s hospitals, along with a ton of her merch. And often visits children’s hospitals. And she has donated millions and millions of dollars to charity, including proceeds from 2 songs from her last album and the song Ronan. She does a ton of stuff for charity that she never talks about.

            Shut the fuck up if you have no idea what you’re talking about. Your fave has done way more damage with her pathetic, racist, transphobic antics than she has helped people.

          • thecat61

            Shut the fuck up because you have no idea what you’re talking about. Stay mad

          • degebi

            Thank you for confirming what I suspected… you are just a sad, inmature little girl incapable of having a proper discussion with someone. I guess those are the traits of every Miley stan huh?

          • thecat61

            No, thank you, for confirming what I’ve suspected…you are the sad one. You can’t hold a proper conversation without using the words racist, transphobic etc…BS (I guess thats the trait of a Taysue stan). So if you’re gonna dish it out…so am I.

  • BangBang

    lol