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8 May 2012, 09:24
The Girls Aloud star says she enjoys RiRi's "sense of freedom" and feels they have a lot in common.
Cheryl Cole has praised Rihanna's "sense of freedom" and described her as "the perfect pop star".
The 'Call My Name' star has previously admitted to having a "girl crush" on RiRi and the pair were reported to have recorded a song together earlier this year.
Speaking during an interview with GQ magazine, Cheryl said: "You know what I love about Rihanna? I know she gets a lot of criticism, too, about what she wears and what she sings about, but she is so free.
''She doesn't give two f**ks. I love that in her. I love that sense of freedom about her. She's gorgeous and free. A perfect pop star.''
Cheryl went on to compare her career to the Bajan star's, saying they had "been through the same thing".
She continued: "And you can imagine how intense it is when all the world's eyes are on you. So she knows that feeling. But she's free-spirited, she just doesn't give a s**t.
"Maybe it's going through everything she's gone through that has enabled her to get to that point. She's like, 'Whatever. What more can you say about us? You can't hurt us any more'. I love that about her. It's liberating. She's liberal.''
Cheryl is currently preparing for the release of her new album 'A Million Lights' in June, while Rihanna performed new single 'Where Have You Been' on Saturday Night Live last weekend.