Rihanna Defends Vogue Writer Who "Didn't Prepare Questions" For Their Interview
14 October 2019, 15:47
Journalist Abby Aguirre was criticised after admitting she was "winging it" while interviewing Rihanna for her latest Vogue cover story.
Rihanna has praised journalist Abby Aguirre, the writer who interviewed the singer for her latest Vogue cover story.
Soon after the text was published, Aguirre was criticised after admitting that she went into with the interview without preparing any questions for Rihanna, 31.
"Normally I bring a list of questions, but I didn’t have time to prepare one, which I make a split-second decision to confess. “I’m winging it, so you have to help me,” I say nervously," the story reads.
"Rihanna flashes a grin that is somehow both reassuring and mischievous. “Aren’t we all?” she says." However, not everyone shared Rihanna's initial light-hearted response.
You... didn’t have time... to come up with questions for Rihanna... for a Vogue cover story.... pic.twitter.com/mFZdCg1JQ9— Lauren Chanel Allen (@MichelleHux) October 9, 2019
lord, may I one day have the confidence of a Vogue writer who arrives at an interview with RIHANNA without a list of questions they had pulled together and ordered and reordered after months and months of research. https://t.co/0LyXOHE10r— Allison P Davis (@AllisonPDavis) October 9, 2019
Following the backlash, Aguirre tweeted that she "literally had no notice" before the interview, and claims she didn't have time to prepare any questions.
"I research my subjects to death. *Especially* Rihanna. I appreciate the anger behind the reaction. But this is a misunderstanding, for which I take full responsibility," she wrote.
"The point was to convey how nerve-wracking this was, given my deep, bordering-on-psychotic reverence for Rihanna."
“Wait, wait, what?” Rihanna said. “No, no, no, no. That’s gangster. For you to get a call the day before being like, ‘Hey, Rihanna’s in L.A., you wanna do this?’ And show up on the dime and write an incredible article that I’m really proud of and enjoyed reading? She’s badass for that.”
She added, "If you don’t have to prepare, girl, you’re gangster."
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