R&B singer and model Teyana Taylor has made it her mission to let everyone know Rihanna is a cyberbully. In turn, Rihanna’s hairstylist Yusef Williams, who reportedly started the fight, spoke out in defense of his boss.
Yesterday, Taylor and RiRi were engaged in a Twitter battle that reportedly started after RiRi uploaded a video of her hairstylist allegedly mocking Taylor. The G.O.O.D Music signee didn’t take the insults sitting down and quickly fired back at the Bajan-born singer.
In keeping with the publicity generated from the feud and perhaps coupled with a genuine interest to speak out against cyberbullying, Taylor was invited for a call-in interview with New York’s Hot 97.
Check out excerpts of the interview below:
On why she believes Rihanna made fun of her:
“I really don’t understand. I’ve been in the studio recording my album, minding my business, staying focused or whatever. One day, which was yesterday, I randomly was on my Instagram page and I had heard that she made a video. I’m not following her on Instagram so I didn’t get a chance to see it. I went to Twitter and someone sent me the video. I felt it was really harsh, you know what I’m saying? Because it’s like you got a dude singing Caught Up in the Rapture of Love with big hair, a snap back and some Jordans on. I just sung that a week ago. I put up a video a week ago singing Caught Up in the Rapture of Love and of course my hair was curly, so whatever.”
On whether Rihanna is a cyberbully:
“I really do think she’s a cyberbully. I really do. I think she has dope music. I’m not no hater. Dope music is dope music. She’s a pretty girl, but that don’t mean you can just bully everybody. It don’t work like that.”
On Rihanna sharing her net worth:
“We all know that these websites…those with the net worths, these are inaccurate. She went all the way online to find the lowest net worth, which is false. She had time to go on Google, you had time to fix up pictures, you had time to make me your main picture, but still you tweet, I’m not gonna “@” her, I’m not gonna make her famous. At the end of the day, I work hard. You know I work hard. My s–t is gon’ pop regardless.
This wasn’t no publicity stunt. This wasn’t no free publicity. This wasn’t none of that. Clearly I was on her brain for her to even be making fun of me.”
Yusef revealed to Enstarz.com that they meant no harm with the video:
“Honestly, I just finished making the wig. I started making the video. It was amazing, no malicious intent towards Teyana. I just think it was uncalled for. Teyana killed that song.”
He added: “She [Rihanna] could care less. It was funny. That’s what’s so funny. It wasn’t like that. She doesn’t care, that’s her personality. Cyberbully is harsh word. She is focused, being Rihanna. She is not sitting around. She didn’t grab her phone. She is the most kind and giving person. I just think for that to go the way it went, it was uncalled for.”