Vanity Fair strikte Rihanna voor een onderonsje, en daarin vertelt ze heel openhartig over haar liefdesleven.
Allereerst haalt ze haar eigen reputatie van feestend en erop los datend type onderuit:
'I honestly think how much fun it would be to live my reputation. People have this image of how wild and crazy I am, and I'm not everything they think of me.'
Sterker nog: de laatste met wie Rihanna serieus een relatie had, was Chris Brown. Dat stopte in 2012, want já: ze nam hem drie jaar na het huiselijk geweld-schandaal in 2009, waarbij Brown haar gezicht verbouwde en de hele wereld de zanger verketterde, toch nog terug. In Vanity Fair vertelt ze nu precies waarom ze hem toch weer terugnam:
'I thought 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. I thought I could change him, a hundred percent. I was very protective of him. I felt that people didn't understand him. Even after … But you know, you realize after a while that in that situation you're the enemy. You want the best for them, but if you remind them of their failures, or if you remind them of bad moments in their life, or even if you say I'm willing to put up with something, they think less of you—because they know you don't deserve what they're going to give. And if you put up with it, maybe you are agreeing that you [deserve] this, and that's when I finally had to say, 'Uh-oh, I was stupid thinking I was built for this.' Sometimes you just have to walk away. 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.'
Inmiddels drie jaar verder en single, date ze er nog steeds niet op los. Ze vervolgt, over casual sex:
'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. You have to be screwed over enough times to know, but now I'm hoping for more than these guys can actually give. That's why I haven't been having sex or even really seeing anybody because I don't want to wake up the next day feeling guilty. I mean I get horny, I'm human, I'm a woman, I want to have sex. But what am I going to do—just find the first random cute dude that I think is going to be a great ride for the night and then tomorrow I wake up feeling empty and hollow? He has a great story and I'm like…what am I doing? I can't do it to myself. I cannot. It has a little bit to do with fame and a lot to do with the woman that I am. And that saves me.'
Amen. Vragen wij ons nog wel af: is 't dan niks met Travis Scott, met wie ze onlangs hevig zoenend op de foto werd gezet, of was 't interview al een tijdje geleden gedaan...?
Lees het hele - zeer goede - interview hier.