It was over a year ago that the Rihanna–Chris Brown altercation went down, but the ordeal has yet been forgotten, evident in next month’s issue of Elle Magazine, where the 22-year-old answered questions not just about her commitment to fashion and music, but also her life after Brown.
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[pullquote quote=”I have a boyfriend. I’m so happy. I feel really comfortable, and it’s so easy.” credit=”Rihanna as told to Elle Magazine”]
On the album art for Rated R: “I wanted pictures that represented strength and fearlessness but still femininity—a strong woman who can be vulnerable. Every woman is made up of vulnerability and strength; no matter what race you are, no matter what you’ve been through in your life. Every woman has that strength that is undeniable, but we also have really big hearts. It’s just us.”
On her new beau: “I have a boyfriend. I’m so happy. I feel really comfortable, and it’s so easy. I have such a chaotic life, but at the end of the day, that is just my peace. It keeps me sane, really, talking to him and talking to my family.”
On turning her dream of popstardom into reality: “If I were in Barbados still, I would be dreaming about this. I asked for it, and I love it, so why am I complaining? My first day on tour, I remember saying ‘I’m so tired—this is so much.’ Then I thought, What the fuck? You asked for this—you prayed to God to tour like Madonna.”
On designers she admires: “It’s clear there are definitely fewer black women in the high-fashion industry. One of the things I respected most about Gucci was that they did a print campaign with me. I’m a black girl on a fashion spread for Gucci—that was a big deal. I respect designers who aren’t afraid to go outside the box. I went to a Jean Paul Gaultier show, and I saw girls who are thicker than me, beautiful and voluptuous and different ethnicities. That made me so excited. I thought, Okay, I can work that, for sure.”
On Chris Brown: “A year ago, I was very confused. Because he was my best friend. All of a sudden, one night changed our whole lives—not only our friendship, but our lives. I wanted to wake up one day and just not have that pain anymore. I wanted to be with him again or get over him—it was either-or. I just didn’t want to feel the pain, the confusion.”
Not only has [lastfm]Rihanna[/lastfm] risen above the drama and maintained success since the [lastfm]Chris Brown[/lastfm] altercation, but the best part might just be his continued fall from grace, most recently with him banned from performing in the UK.
An official said, “We reserve the right to refuse entry to the UK to anyone guilty of a serious criminal offense. Public safety is one of our primary concerns.” Eat it!
Scope out her sexy pics from her Elle spread below!