Rihanna opens up in her cover story for Vanity Fair; talks past relationships with Matt Kemp, Chris Brown, hooking up for fun, and more.
Shot in Old Havana, Cuba by world renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz, the cover finds Ri-Ri rockin’ her vibrant red hair & revealing top, while standing up against an old school car. However luckily, that’s not the only photo of Ri-Ri we get to see as Leibovitz also took candids of her lying down naked on a bed (sorry guys it’s just the butt), kicking it in a bar, and being one with the people of Cuba while in the streets (see gallery).
As for the cover story itself, that’s where all the juicy info lies. Sitting down with Vanity’s Lisa Robinson, Rihanna opened up a lot personally in the magazine, talking about her past relationships with Chris Brown, Matt Kemp, hooking for fun, and what she looks for in a man. She later touched on more career-oriented topics as well, including being discovered by Jay Z, working in the past with Eminem, and creating her badass image given by the media.
The entire in-depth cover story can be read over at Vanity Fair (which we suggest), but for now we’ve added a few excerpts for you to check out in the meantime. And don't forget to peep the sexy cover shoot she did in the gallery above as well.
On hooking up for fun:
“If I wanted to I would completely do that. I am going to do what makes me feel happy, what I feel like doing. But that would be empty for me; that to me is a hollow move. I would wake up the next day feeling like shit. When you love somebody, that’s different. Even if you don’t love them per se, when you care enough about somebody and you know that they care about you, then you know they don’t disrespect you. And it’s about my own respect for myself. A hundred percent.”
On giving Chris Brown a second chance:
“I was that girl. That girl who felt that as much pain as this relationship is, maybe some people are built stronger than others. Maybe I’m one of those people built to handle shit like this. Maybe I’m the person who’s almost the guardian angel to this person, to be there when they’re not strong enough, when they’re not understanding the world, when they just need someone to encourage them in a positive way and say the right thing.”
On her relationship with Chris Brown now:
“I don’t hate him. I will care about him until the day I die. We’re not friends, but it’s not like we’re enemies. We don’t have much of a relationship now.”
Her thoughts on Rachel Dolezal:
“I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit. Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to be black? Black is a great thing, and I think she legit changed people’s perspective a bit and woke people up.”