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Rihanna Rejects Rumors About Collaborating With Drake on Next Album

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 03:  Rihanna attends the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Anniversary Event at Overseas Passenger Terminal on October 3, 2018 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Caroline McCredie/Getty Images for Fenty Beauty by Rihanna)
Caroline McCredie

Rihanna has officially proved that she's good at everything. The 31-year-old singer became famous because of her music but has since taken a hiatus to work on her makeup company, Fenty Beauty. She has also launched a gender-inclusive, size-inclusive lingerie company, Savage x Fenty. In fact, inclusivity seems to be the trademark of Rihanna's brand. Fenty Beauty has gained global recognition for being a makeup brand with something for every makeup wearer.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: Fenty Beauty will be available in 32 Boots locations. For the ultimate convenience, you can even place your order online with Order and Collect on May 10, 2019 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images for Fenty Beauty)
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna launches into select Boots stores & Boots.com | Ian Forsyth

Rihanna's success is so widespread, she has now become the first woman to ever create a brand under the luxury goods conglomerate LVMH. But fans are now asking the business mogul to return to her original talent: music. Rihanna's fans, nicknamed the "Rihanna Navy," even have a name for her next album: R9.

In an interview with The New York Times' T Style section, Rihanna confirmed that her next project will be a reggae album. Rumors of Rihanna's collaboration with Lady Gaga circulated the internet after Gaga began following Rihanna on Instagram. Rihanna denied these rumors but said she's open to it. “It’s not in the books right now, but I’m not against it,” she said.

While Rihanna was open to the idea of working with Lady Gaga, she quickly shut down any rumors of a collaboration with her once-on-and-off fling, Drake. “Not on this album, that’s for sure,” she said, before adding: “Not anytime soon, I don’t see it happening.”

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28:  Drake presents Rihanna with the The Video Vanguard Award during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
2016 MTV Video Music Awards - Show & Audience | Michael Loccisano

While Rihanna shut down the rumors quickly, Drake sounds not only open to the idea of a collaboration but still emotionally attached to her. “She’s someone I’ve been in love with since I was 22 years old,” the rapper said in 2016. “She’s one of my best friends in the world. She’s a living breathing legend in our industry.”

While Drake will most likely not appear on Rihanna's next album, it will no doubt be a success. We can all wear our Fenty makeup, slip on our Savage x Fenty lingerie and listen to her new album when it comes out, celebrating all of the accomplishments of Rihanna's creative scope.