It also features an interview with journalist Jason Gay conducted mostly backstage at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.
You can check out a few excerpts below as well as the entire photo shoot.
Rihanna on the status of her love life: “I have not been on a date in forever. Like two years. Haven’t gone to the movies, to dinner. Zero. Seriously, all I want is a guy to take me out and make me laugh for a good hour and take my ass back home. He doesn’t even have to come up. All I want is a conversation for an hour.”
Rihanna on the infamous photo of her rolling a joint at the Coachella Music Festival and the accusation that she may have done harder drugs: “They knew what it was. They knew it was marijuana. It was completely clear to them. I just thought it was uncalled for. I don’t do cocaine. I don’t like being associated with anything that’s untrue.”
Rihanna on the public’s fascination with her relationship with Chris Brown: “To the world, I feel like there’s no closure. “There’s some obsession that’s continued even throughout when we weren’t friends or couldn’t be friends at all. Hated each other. The world hasn’t let go. They haven’t seen any progress in our friendship, because they don’t see anything, really, besides the song” (Birthday Cake Remix).
Rihanna on why she chose to collaborate musically with Chris Brown again: “I didn’t think it could be anything detrimental to my career. “I was on a tour bus ride between two cities, listening to my album, thinking, Oooh, maybe I should make this into a duet. And I started coming up with a bunch of people, and his name crossed my mind. I thought, We haven’t made a song in so long together . . . it could be a little shocking.”