Rihanna Says “Balance” Is Why She Hasn’t Release R9 Album

Rihanna is all about balance this year which is why she has yet to release her long-awaited “R9” album.

Rihanna is protecting her energy, and people are getting blocked as a result. The Bajan international superstar has had fans eagerly awaiting her impending project that they’ve dubbed “R9” for over a year now. Following her announcement that the album will be coming this year, many fans took to memes and even addressing Rihanna directly to sarcastically query if this year still means 2019.

Rihanna, of course, has been extremely busy this year with the development of her beauty and fashion lines as well as her first published photo book. The singer took to Instagram today to share a cute picture of herself donning an “Art School Dropout” shirt and gold chains and rings along with a black velvet top hat. In the caption, Rihanna wrote, “to all my friends/family/coworkers who I have yet to get back to in the past months…please forgive me. this year has been quite an overwhelming one, and I’m working on that ish called Balance. brb.”

One overzealous fan seemingly exasperated with the wait, threw all tact out the window when he responded in the comments, “Where’s the album heaux?!!!” Rihanna wrote back “I don’t need this kinda negativity in my life! BLOCKT.” Turns out it was all in good fun as the Instagram user involved in the exchange was Riri’s dear friend Jahleel Weaver who she wrote a heartfelt happy birthday message to on Instagram maybe two months ago.

“You are the most f**ked up human being I have ever met! I’m so grateful that you hate everyone, including me,” Rihanna wrote in the birthday post. “Thank you for annoying me everyday. thank you for the 2 most important words of my life…TF & ASAP!!! ph*ck u.” As you can see, this is just how Jah and Riri roll. I’d say we all need friendships like these.