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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.