Rihanna & Katy Perry are no longer friends, and there was Met Gala drama

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I’ve waited my whole life to write these words: POPE DRAMA!! POPE FASHION DRAMA. MEAN GIRL POPE DRAMA. As we know, Rihanna dressed like a high-fashion pope to this year’s Met Gala. Katy Perry was a fashionable angel. Rihanna and Katy have known each other for years, and they’ve been friendly for years. Rihanna famously never took sides in the years-long Katy Perry-Taylor Swift feud. Now, were Rihanna and Katy ever best friends? I doubt it. But I think they were very friendly. Now it seems that Katy and Rihanna are on the outs?

One of the biggest feuds in showbiz has ended but another is very much alive. The day before Katy Perry made up with Taylor Swift after five years, she was dealt a fresh blow: I’m told her relationship with Rihanna is worse than ever. And their situation came to a head at Monday evening’s Met Gala in New York. The former best friends haven’t seen each other for more than 18 months after falling out. But they were forced to pose for an excruciatingly awkward photo together on the red carpet of the event. And in an embarrassingly for Katy, she was left off the invite list of RiRi’s star-studded afterparty at nightclub Up&Down.

A source close to Katy said: “Because Rihanna was chairing the Met Gala, she had to pose with a lot of the celebrity guests but it was really uncomfortable when she was asked to have the photo with Katy. They used to be close but Rihanna’s expression in the photo says it all. Katy was upset about the whole situation because Rihanna was cold to her and she wasn’t invited to her after-party.”

[From The Sun]

There was a falling out 18 months ago? What? Is there anything left that Donald Trump hasn’t destroyed??!? That’s the timeline that The Sun is using – they’re saying that Katy and Rihanna stopped talking after the 2016 election. Why? Katy did the most to help Hillary Clinton. Rihanna’s no Trump supporter. So it must have been something else. Maybe Rihanna kind of hates that Katy is with Orlando Bloom too?

Costume Institute Gala  in NYC

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  1. Red says:

    I think they actually were very close friends. Didn’t Katy ask Rihanna to be maid of honor when she got married? I don’t know, I think they had a falling out during Chris brown incident.

    • Bridget says:

      They haven’t been particularly close in many years, and even then a lot of it was Played up for the press angle.

    • Lynnie says:

      It was the Chris Brown incident. Apparently Katy voiced her displeasure at the two getting back together and then Rihanna cut her off. They haven’t been friends since then, so IDK where the 18 month’s timeline comes from.

      Sucks about not getting invited to the party tho 😕 been there done that and I know how much that hurts.

    • Lola says:

      Pretty sure Rihanna was maid of honor at Katy’s wedding. She couldn’t attend because of touring but she threw katys bachelorette party. This was years ago but i think its safe to say that at one point yes, they were best friends.

    • Milla says:

      I had no idea. Rihanna doesn’t seem to care about having famous friends. And Perry seems unstable, so good for Rihanna. She’s doing her own thing, she’s successful in fashion and music, she’s making actual positive impact… She doesn’t need hs drama.

  2. Clare says:

    Didn’t they originally cool off because Katy was vocally not happy with the Chris Brown rekindling? (If that is the case I am 100% team Katy on this one – if one of my girlfriends kept going back to the POS I’d be vocally agaisnt it, too, even if it meant damaging the friendship).

    Either way this seems like a load of made-up drama – both Rihanna and Katy Perry are powerful enough to not have to pose with each other if they didn’t want to, come on.

    • Mgsota says:

      I lost my best friend for this reason. We were close, like sisters. I was so close to her whole family, I was even a bridesmaid in her sister’s wedding. But she cut me out after I told her I couldn’t watch her self destruct in a toxic relationship. Of course her realationship didn’t last, she actually had to take him to court. But it hurts, still does 16+ years later.

      • Marley31 says:

        A friend is someone who can be honest no matter what the situation is if the falling out was due to Katy having an opinion about her getting back with Brown Oh well then Rhianna wasn’t much a friend to begin with or she doesn’t need one because if someone did something like that to my bff we would be fighting. Not to condone violence with violence but I couldn’t let that sh-t ride.

  3. Lela says:

    They were really good friends, I remember Riri giving an interview about hosting Katy’s bachelorette party before she married Russel Brand (sp?) and they used to go down to Barbados together every summer on holidays….weird, I wonder what happened? Maybe they both grew, I know the friends I had in my early 20′s are not all my friends now as I approach 30.

    • Jennet says:

      Yeah, people and their values change. I wonder if there is any competition between them. Rihanna has her own makeup brand and Katy had been working with Cover Girl.

  4. heh says:

    i’m going to 7-11 ya’ll want anything?

    • Electric Tuba says:

      Utz Buttered Popcorn and a blue wine cooler to go in my blue slushie please! 😊

    • Lynnie says:

      Lol this reminds me of those “whatcha eating” threads on Bossip

    • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

      Large coffee with one-fourth creamer. Thx!

      • Lady D says:

        Hey, that’s how I take my coffee too, Mabs. It has to be at least 1/4 to 1/3 cream before it tastes good. I’m not a big fan of coffee, I drink 2 or 3 cups a month, but I also drink a half gallon of black tea every day.

      • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

        Coffee with my creamer and gallons of black tea… we’re twins! Only my tea has to be iced, strong and unsweetened. Can’t stand sweet tea.

    • aaa says:

      A Big Bite with everything and a Wild Cherry and Coca-Cola Slurpee.

  5. Astrid says:

    first world problems…..I wasn’t aware that we were even talking about Rihanna in the mix…guess I’m clueless in this crazy

    • AnnaKist says:

      I’m with you, Astrid. Is it compulsory that celebs lbe “best friends” or even “close friends”? At least these two have kept ~whatever happened~ to themselves, so far.

      Off topic, and a bit shallow. I didn’t realise how much Katy Perry has changed. In that photo abouve, she’s the spitting image of my best friend’s daughter, who also chopped her hair like KP. At the monent, it’s silver, and I’m always surprised at how many different ways that style can be worn.

  6. EMc says:

    Or, was Rihanna not smiling in this particular photo and someone is making drama where there is none..

  7. Mogan says:

    Good Lord. Do you have to drag the election into everything? This I’m sure had NOTHING to do with it.

  8. Lynnie says:

    I like Katy’s makeup, hair, and angel wings. Not too sure about the dress and boots.

    I wonder if stories like these are factors in more and more of the old patrons deciding not to attend future met galas. At the very least how many years will it take before this turns into an industry party, and loses the original meaning.

    • Lala says:

      My current hairstyle is JUST like Katy’s…with deep red and black gold colors…AND I’M LOVING IT!!!!

  9. Jenns says:

    I think something happened between them when Rihanna initially went back to Chris Brown. Maybe Rih didn’t like the way Katy handled the situation, maybe Katy didn’t like the way she was treated during that situation, who knows. Domestic abuse is a bad place for a lot of people to be in. But I think if there is a rift, it goes back to then, not 18 months ago. I don’t think there’s a feud a la Swift/Perry. I think the friendship just faded, and after a few other straws, just broke. Maybe the last time they spoke was 18 months ago?

  10. Shannon says:

    Is it just me or does Rihanna look kind of dead-eyed and sad in every Met Gala picture I’ve seen of her? I mean, she’s beautiful and I love her outfit, it’s just, Katy Perry or not she seems … off.

    • Other Renee says:

      It’s not just you, Shannon. I agree with you.

    • Clare says:

      Personally, I think Rihanna has looked and ‘sounded’ a bit off for a while now – as in, she’s a beautiful woman, but looks either unhappy/dead eyed or fake smiley, in a lot of photos.
      Granted that may well be just how she is photographed by paps, I don’t know. It’s kind of a shame that she looks so unhappy often, given all the success she’s having with Fenty beauty etc.

      My armchair diagnosis is that she hasn’t ever fully bounced back after the Chris Brown fiasco and generally just keeps people at arms length and is quick to cut people off, too. A lesson learned the hard way perhaps. I mean, look at the Drake comments…totally unnecessary – not mean or nasty or anything, but just a bit cold and unneeded.

      • Lynnie says:

        For what it’s worth she looked genuinely happy and engaged in her 10 minute makeup tutorial for Vogue

      • Lady D says:

        …maybe things aren’t going as planned with the married billionaire boyfriend?

      • Kitten says:

        Yeah I also encourage people to Google some of the more candid shots from the Met Gala. All the women who were giving mad steely-eyed FACE in the formal paparazzi shots look like they’re kicking back and having a lot of fun in the candid shots. Lots of smiles and less ‘_’

      • Asiyah says:

        I get the sense Rihanna is an introvert who might not like big events like the Met Gala and is more comfortable on a “one-to-one” situation, such as the makeup tutorial.

      • otaku fairy says:

        It could be anything. She could be tired, bored, high, stressed for any number of reasons, not feeling good, or just not in a particularly smiley mood. Or she could just be following the trend of not being smiley for photos.

    • Elisa says:

      Yep, she used to have this special spark in her eyes and – at least in these pics – it’s gone. Also, she is usually so stunning, but her make-up is really bad here.

      • Jennet says:

        I don’t think Rihanna has had any botox or fillers which most celebs have by the time they turn 30. Rihanna just looks her age to me and I think the hard living caught up to her.

    • Andreia says:

      I agree. In every photo she looked unhappy. I really think she wasn’t feeling her outfit. Or maybe she was having a bad day and was pissed in general. I feel like Rihanna doesn’t try to hide her feelings.

      • Valentina says:

        Yeah maybe she can wasn’t feeling the outfit and she said it was heavy so it might have been uncomfortable and hot. That would make me cranky. She went to the after party in sweats basically. I think she wanted to feel comfy. I also heard the Met is not so fun like this site said

  11. Nicole says:

    Yea I thought it was obvious they cooled wayyyyy off. Before there were definitely close. I think the CB thing started it but they were still friends after. Something else must have happened to end it for good.

  12. Ankhel says:

    So this is why Katy Perry has been trying to bury the hatchet with the blonde snake lately… she had to free up resources to fight on another front…

  13. Umyeah says:

    Maybe Katy didnt appreciate Rih wearing a design by John (anti-semite) Galliano

  14. Aud says:

    Y’all need to school me on Rihanna. I’ve wanted to ask about this before when there’s been a lot of fangirling on her here. I was *really* turned off by the way she handled the Chris Brown thing — going back to him, posting pic captioned with the “n” word, and then the whips and chains song afterward …. it left me with a very bad opinion of her. I haven’t seen anything that has caused me to revise that opinion yet.

    That being said, I don’t really follow her so maybe she’s really awesome and that part of her didn’t cross my info path.

    • Umyeah says:

      If you think the Chris Brown thing was bad you should look into the racism she spewed at Chris Browns half asian girlfriend.

    • Lynnie says:

      The Chris Brown period was not a good time in her life at all, and I think she was still publicly processing things at the time. Coupled with the fact she was younger at the time and yeah. That being said I don’t think she’s ever apologized for calling Karreuche a rice cake during that whole drama.

      Once she was done with CB though she dropped him for good, and has spoken up on the situation when she deems it important (see Snapchat incident). She used to “tell it like it”/clapback a lot at people on her twitter which got her the badass label from her fans, she became more known as a fashionista, and of course she’s pretty so people love her.

      Musically though I think that’s one of her weaknesses. Like she’s had a bunch of hits and set records, but in terms of critical reception and awards something is missing. Depending on who you asked she got snubbed for her Anti album (personally considering all the other albums it was up against that year I didn’t really see her beating the competition. The only thing that surprised me was 21 pilots won out over her in a category).

      Since then she’s switched gears and expanded into different industries fashion and beauty being the main ones. As a result of having several business ventures plus growing up (I think she’s almost 30) she’s cooled it on roasting people in her social media and has become more involved with philanthropic causes.

      • Umyeah says:

        Well said @lynnie however the picture of the “rice cake” is still on her instagram and she released the song Cake which she again used the term “rice cake”. The fact that she never apologized or removed the photo to me shows she hasnt grown and she doesnt think it was wrong. I am fully disappointed that people still fan girl her, a lot of people have done less and been “cancelled”.

      • Valentina says:

        I love Rihanna but went to see her in concert and she lipsynched a lot. To give her credit maybe she needed to rest her voice. She did full on sing some songs. But I had fun although definitely would not pay to see her again. She was only 45 minutes late though and usually I hear it’s more. But that also could be because our stadium has a rule that the concert has to be done and finished by 12am.

    • Andreia says:

      She was young when everything happened with Chris Brown and the media was all over it. Not to mention the photos with her bruised face. I can’t imagine going thru something like that in front of the world and everyone wanting you to be some kind poster child for domestic violence. She has said, she does not want to be a role model. Especially when she was trying to figure out who she is and what she wants to represent. I have spoken to a few Police Officers and they said, the most frustrating thing with domestic violence is when the spouse shows up to bail out their abuser. Domestic violence messes with your head. But since then she has matured and grown as a women. She’s still sassy, but I think more thoughtful.

    • otaku fairy says:

      What Andreia said. She was young, in love and made a risky relationship decision that was based on emotion instead of logic. For all we know, Rihanna might have known something private about Chris Brown having some kind of mental illness or addiction and that could have clouded her judgment about how to handle his behavior. That’s pretty common- struggling to be compassionate and patient about an adult’s mental illness without enabling them to use it as an excuse for things they really can control. The positive thing is that she’s out of that abusive relationship now.

  15. Angie says:

    You guys? This is Rihanna so I’m gonna say that I feel she’s high AF. she doesn’t look mad she’s glossy eyed and her lids look heavy. Ie STONED that’s my take

    • TheOtherViv says:

      Thank you. I love her but that seems obvious. Also the Vogue video, adorable as it was, reminded me of how my cute chatty neighbor used to act on coke.
      I hope she grows out of it. She is a great talent and beautiful.

  16. Asiyah says:

    Maybe Rihanna finally realized how much of a passive-aggressive jerk Katy Perry is, and no longer has any room to give her the benefit of the doubt and no longer has that youthful patience/hubris we have in our 20s with people like that.

  17. elimaeby says:

    I’m going to be petty and a little rude, but Katy looks like she aged twelve years overnight in that makeup.

  18. CamoTime says:

    They both look so awful.