"This is off the record." That's what a record label insider told me earlier today when she called to pour tea about Rihanna.
In most cases when an insider calls me, it's because the tea is so scalding hot that they need to unburden themselves. It also helps if they can't stand the artist.
A record label rep called me to say the singer's management had to talk her off the ledge. She said Rihanna is "suicidal" after a series of unfortunate mishaps threaten to derail her career.
It seems the 27-year-old singer was hit with a triple whammy: her album, ANTI, flopped. Then her concert tour was postponed due to slow (or no) ticket sales. And now she is reeling from negative fan reaction to her self-designed Puma trainers.
The "Fenty by Rihanna" Puma sneakers line debuted last week at NY Fashion Week.
Fans reactions were immediate and unified in their disapproval of the shoes. The reactions run the gamut from "Those shoes are hideous!" to "Even Rihanna can't make these look sexy."
The record label insider said Rihanna has been "crying her eyes out for several days."
She said management had no choice but to postpone the concert tour until May. Rihanna is in no shape to go on stage.
"She's not used to… losing. She's used to winning. Now she's a loser and she's feeling [depressed]," said the source.
The source confirmed reports that Rihanna was heated when she was asked to give up her slot for Beyonce's "surprise performance" at the Grammys last week.
"She was enraged," said the insider. "It was the culmination of a very bad few months."
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