As she readies her long-awaited eighth album, the gorgeous Rihanna graced the cover & pages of Vanity Fair for the first time ever. The 27-year-old superstar traveled to Cuba with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz for the shoot. Rocking wavy fire engine red hair, she hit up a bar in Havana and bared her naked frame in all it’s glory while lying naked in the bedroom of the Josie Alonso’s house, wearing only leopard Manolo Blahnik mules. She was also greeted by a throng of young fans in the streets of Old Havana, as seen in the photos.
When she’s not watching “Breaking Bad” and “Bates Motel,” she sat down with the magazine at her favorite restaurant in L.A., Giorgio Baldi. In her most candid interview yet, she opened up about her highly-publicized love life, with ex Chris Brown. While she’s recently been linked to Travi$ Scott, she says her last official boyfriend was Chris Brown and prior to that, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.
Rihanna admits to her short-comings in the Brown relationship, but she continues the search for Mr. Right, who according to RiRi, will be “a very extraordinary gentleman, with a lot of patience.” But she’s in no rush. “I don’t want it right now. I can’t really be everything for someone. This is my reality right now.”
ON MATT KEMP: “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.”
ON ONE-NIGHT STANDS: “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.”
ON DATING: “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 SEX: “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.”
ON RELATIONSHIPS: “I get fearful of relationships because I feel guilty about wanting someone to be completely faithful and loyal, when I can’t even give them 10 percent of the attention that they need. It’s just the reality of my time, my life, my schedule.”
ON BEING A POSTER CHILD FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE: “Well, I just never understood that, like how the victim gets punished over and over. It’s in the past, and I don’t want to say ‘Get over it,’ because it’s a very serious thing that is still relevant; it’s still real. … But, for me, and anyone who’s been a victim of domestic abuse, nobody wants to even remember it. Nobody even wants to admit it.”
ON GOING BACK TO CHRIS BROWN AFTER THE ASSAULT: “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.”
ON THEIR CURRENT RELATIONSHIP: “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.”
She’s currently focusing on her album, “R8,” which has been delayed, says Jay Z, because “she wants it to be perfect.”
On top of the Brown, dating & sex discussion, Rihanna gives her opinion on her “bad girl” reputation, love for Eminem, and even Rachel Dolezal.
Read the full pages of Vanity Fair when the November issue hits newsstands on Oct. 13.