October 6, 2015


Rihanna Talks Chris Brown, Calls Rachel Dolezal A "Hero"

Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair
Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair

Rihanna is Vanity Fair's latest cover star and the photos are to die for. Our Queen hits Havana, Cuba for the tell-all interview. The conversation gets pretty personal pretty quickly: At one point, RiRi details her past relationship with Chris Brown and at another, she expresses a controversial opinion on Rachel Dolezal, the white N.A.A.C.P. exec who pretended to be black.

On Brown:

"We were still dating … we were just three months in and I liked his vibe, he was a good guy, and then paparazzi got us on vacation in Mexico. He handled it well; I didn’t. I got so uncomfortable because now what? He’s not even able to be seen with [another] girl, because I’m dragged back into headlines that say he’s cheating on me, and I don’t even [really] know this guy. Some guys … I don’t even have their number. You would not even believe it. I’m serious, hand to God.”

On having sex 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. Sometimes it’s the first time I’m meeting this person—and then all of a sudden I’m ‘with them.’ It freaks me out. This industry creates stories and environments that can make you uncomfortable even being friends with someone. If you see me sitting next to someone, or standing next to someone, what, I’m not allowed to do that? I’m like, are you serious? Do you think it’s going to stop me from having a friend?” But, she adds, “I’m the worst. I see a rumor and I’m not calling [them] back. I’ve had to be so conscious about people—what they say and why people want to be with me, why people want to sleep with me…. It makes me very guarded and protective. I learned the hard way."

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.”

Read the full Vanity Fair interview here. When you're done, flip through our gallery of Rihanna's incredible style transformation.