Rihanna Opens Up To Glamour

With the release of her new album just weeks away Rihanna is ready to hit the promotional trail. The singer sat down with Glamour Magazine first to give them the scoop on not only her new music- the one topic she knows the the entire world has been waiting for her to speak on… the Chris Brown incident.

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On Her Ordeal With Chris Brown

“I went to sleep as Rihanna and woke up as Britney Spears. That was the level of media chaos that happened the next day.”

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On Her Message To Young Women

“My story was broadcast all over the world for people to see, and they have followed every step of my recovery. The positive thing that has come out of my situation is that people can learn from that. I want to give as much insight as I can to young women, because I feel like I represent a voice that really isn’t heard. Now I can help speak for those women.”

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On Feeling Alone

“My friends and family have been extremely supportive, and everyone has been there for me. But at some point you are there alone. It’s a lonely place to be—no one can understand. That’s when you get close to God.”

On Her Personal Growth Over The Last Few Years

“I am stronger, wiser and more aware. You don’t realize how much your decisions affect people you don’t even know, like fans.”

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On Her New Album Rated R:

I was involved in a lot of the writing. I put everything I’ve wanted to say for the past eight months into my music. The songs are really personal. It’s rock ‘n’ roll, but it’s really hip-hop: If Lil’ Wayne and Kings of Leon like my album, then I’ll feel good. I would not change anything about it. Even if people don’t love it, I made exactly the piece of art that I wanted to make. It’s super fearless—which is exactly how I feel right now. I am in a really good place.

I have grown up a lot since my last album. It [represents] exactly where I am at right now.

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On Domestic Violence:

Domestic violence is a big secret. No kid goes around and lets people know their parents fight. Teenage girls can’t tell their parents that their boyfriend beat them up. You don’t dare let your neighbor know that you fight. It’s one of the things we [women] will hide, because it’s embarrassing.

On Her Image Change:

In the first two years of my career, there were a lot of restraints on what I could do. I couldn’t wear certain colors of lipstick, like bright pink, dark pink or red; [my lips] had to be natural. Eventually, I stopped communicating with certain people at the label, and did exactly what I wanted to do. And that was to cut my hair, dye it black, change my clothes, change my sound. Really to just express myself.


  1. Love the pictures! Rihanna is amazing…..wish her the best.

  2. Sooo let me get this straight, along with Maya Angelo, Mrs.Obama, and Serena, RIHANNA is honored as a Woman of the Year?? FOR WHAT??? I like her but this is an insult to my intelligence!! Smh!

  3. 9 months after it happened she wants to “speak out” girl please

    this interview is as fake as my Icon Beyonces weave

  4. i wonder what God she is talking about, her image isn’t portraying that’s see’s gotten closer to God. Cute dresses though

  5. Wow! Rihanna looks fabulous! Now this is the style I love, not that dark image she’s been going for lately.

  6. How can I hate Rihanna, and about her image change, I knew it all along, they were trying to make her a lil mini Beyonce and she turned it around, I’m proud of her for that. And she is looking fab. I just wish she would’ve took the album in a more positive direction. She said its great art and shes saying what she wants, but her music give you the feeling Chris Brown made her crazy.

    Rih Rih looks beautiful in the pix above.
    Despite why she’s suddenly speaking on “the incident” and everything that has happened over the past several months, I’m glad that she is breaking her silence.
    I just heard “Bubble Pop” off her new album today and I likes 🙂

  8. “That’s when you get close to GOD”

    from what I read it SEEMS like she loves the man above.

  9. wow she totally looks different when she smiles.

    I think she is doing the right thing by talking about all of this before the album drops rather than having people ask her about in in the middle of promoting it.

  10. Good for her…I Still don’t like her music, But i applaud her for not being a bitter woman and not throwing anyone under the bus 🙂

  11. it’s for the album we all know that lol after the beating she went back to him

  12. I’m a Rihanna fan, but the woman of the year was INCREDIBLE! These are the times we live in, so why not! She has demonstrated a lot of strength and restraint, she went back to CB, but, listened to reason and put herself and career first and wasn’t foolish to think they could ride off into the sunset.

    Print world isn’t doing well, so they have to get creative to sell magazines and attain the ad support to sustain. Paris Hilton started this thing, Britney got awards that were promotional in her early intervention and comeback, Keri Hilson is a rising icon, one record, I like her, not hating, The Knowles created a marketing paradigm that others are incorporating to some degree (domination)! Rihanna’s camp have pulled out all the stops and she seems so poised and compelling in the clips from the 20/20 interview…2009 is going out with a roar!

  13. I’m not necessarily a Rihanna fan, and i don’t have the time, strenght, or insecurity to be a hater, but I’m curious does any of her fans honestly think she’s talented or do ya’ll just dig her swagg?

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