As the 27-year-old readies her long-awaited new album, she talks candidly about the chasm between her reality and her reputation.What makes Rihanna special—outside of the music—is that she is someone who is genuinely herself. You are seeing the authentic version of who she is. She’s gone through things that everyone’s gone through—dysfunctional relationships, things that played out in front of everyone’s eyes—and she’s done a real good job of keeping her life private, but just living her life as a young person … You have to have a tough skin in this business; you’re going to hear some things about yourself that you’re going to think, What?? I honestly think how much fun it would be to live my reputation.It made me back away from even wanting to attempt to date. I’m always concerned about whether people have good or bad intentions.
She’s wearing a white crop top, denim cutoff shorts, Puma sneakers, and a flowing Chinese-patterned robe.People have this image of how wild and crazy I am, and I’m not everything they think of me.The reality is that the fame, the rumors—this picture means this, another picture means that—it really freaks me out.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,” she continues. 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.After pulling away, it looks very much like Rihanna mouths something to him quickly after he has professed that he has loved her for eleven years.