Rihanna has allegedly thrown shade at her pop rival Beyoncé, sending the Beyhive into defence mode.

According to reports, Rihanna liked a post on Twitter that praised the Billboard chart position of one of Rihanna’s new songs, while ridiculing the performance of Beyonce’s new single Formation.

One eagle-eyed Rihanna fan claims to have grabbed a screenshot of the Twitter post, which made reference to Desperado, a track featuring on her latest studio album Anti.

The tweet read: “The fact that ‘Desperado’ is HIGHER on the Bubbling Under chart than a single performed to a global audience.”

Rihanna is said to have unliked the tweet but fans of Beyoncé were unimpressed with her reported co-sign and began bombarding her with uncomplimentary messages.

One wrote: “After cancelling tour dates, reducing tickets to $10 and selling less than 250,000 albums, the least Rihanna can get is a #1 single.” While another chimed in: “I don’t know why Rihanna liked that shade when ANTI has yet to surpass BEYONCÉ’s first 3 day sales.”

One other commented: “The real tragedy is that Rihanna thinks of Beyoncé as a threat and Beyoncé… Well Beyoncé doesn’t think of Rihanna.”

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