Rihanna knows how to be a cover girl with conviction, and how to give just enough in an interview that everyone is left wanting more. And her newest interview with Rolling Stone magazine is no exception.
The certified good girl gone bad is sporting a half shaved head on the cover of the mag, shot by none other than Terry Richardson. In the corresponding interview, RiRi sheds more than a side of hair; she opens up more than ever before about her reconciliation with Chris Brown, and finally admitted that this is indeed a relationship.
Check out some excerpts from the interview below.
On why she made the decision to reunite with Chris:
“I wanted him to know what it felt like to lose me. To feel the consequences of that. But I got real with myself, and I just couldn’t bury the way I felt. I decided it was more important for me to be happy. I wasn’t going to let anybody’s opinion get in the way of that. Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake. After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I’d rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it.”
On how their relationship has changed:
“When you add up the pieces from the outside, it’s not the cutest puzzle in the world. You see us walking somewhere, driving somewhere, in the studio, in the club, and you think you know. But it’s different now. We don’t have those types of arguments anymore. We talk about shit. We value each other. We know exactly what we have now, and we don’t want to lose that.”
When asked what if Chris was to revert to his old ways:
“Listen, I’ll tell you right now: I don’t have to take it. If he gives me that again, here’s what I give him: nothing. I just walk away. He doesn’t have the luxury of fucking up again,” she says. “That’s just not an option. I can’t say that nothing else will ever go wrong. But I’m pretty solid in the knowing that he’s disgusted by that. And I wouldn’t have gone this far if I ever thought that was a possibility.”
On what she loves about him
For a long time he was really angry, and he felt like he couldn’t get away from it, no matter what he did. But there’s so many reasons why I ever reconsidered having him in my life. He’s not the monster everybody thinks. He’s a good person. He has a fantastic heart. He’s giving and loving. And he’s fun to be around. That’s what I love about him – he always makes me laugh. All I want to do is laugh, really – and I do that with him.
On if she’s trying to rehabilitate him
Wait. You think I’m here to rehabilitate Chris? No, no, no. That is not my purpose. Trust me. I could have done that from the jump if I thought that was my job. My job was to take care of myself – and I did. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think Chris was ready. And trust me – it makes me feel great to know that people care. I guess it’s just something that will show with time. There’s nothing I could say that would convince you right now. But we’re in a great place. And I can’t ever see us going back.
On her love being a sign of weakness
I could never identify with that word, ‘weak.’ I couldn’t have come out of this if I was weak. No way.”
This is the first time Rihanna has spoken so candidly about her situation with Chris. Be sure to check out more over at RollingStone.com