Third time's a charm for Rihanna—and Rolling Stone, for that matter.
Yesterday, the magazine revealed that the chart-topping pop star's not only covering their new issue, but that Rihanna's finally opened up about her relationship with Chris Brown. And yes, it's officially a relationship again.
But, take note: Over the past three months, Rihanna's graced the covers of GQ, Complex, and now, Rolling Stone. What difference does a cover make? Well...
They might have had solid access, but Rihanna didn't put up with any questions about Chris Brown. She snapped at the reporter when asked about the fight between Drake and Brown at NYC's W.i.P. last year. Then again, the writer was also at the Griffin watching the two together.
From GQ's Obsession of the Year cover:
I'd asked her about [the Chris Brown and Drake fight] at dinner. Her tone turned impenetrable, lawyerly: "There's no proof of that being for my love. That's my answer to that question." Then she immediately turned it back on me:
"You ever have bitches fight over you?"
Anyway, it can't be a coincidence, she and Brown being here together. By the morning, the tabloid story of their encounter—the woman who drives men crazy, going back to a man the world thinks is at least a little bit nuts—will be everywhere. But here's what I witness:
Chris Brown brashly stands on top of his bench in the neighboring booth. He and Rihanna start tossing flirtatious glances like kids passing notes in middle-school math class. The smirks and the playfulness continue until they're dancing with each other from afar. Then, out of mock frustration, Brown climbs over the top of the booth. A mischievous tingle of controversy vibrates through the club.
There, in the middle of all the craziness: Rihanna stares straight at me and passes me a spliff. She turns her green-hazel Bambi gaze back to Brown and begins to sway those famous hips from side to side. It's 2 a.m. She looks like she's just getting started. "This is some movie shit, ladies and gentlemen!" the DJ bellows. "We see you, Chris and Rihanna!"
Complex, too, had access after flying with Rih on the #777 Tour and meeting her at an L.A. restaurant, but Rihanna was still tight-lipped on anything regarding her and Brown, referring to it as "nobody's business."
From Complex's Full Exposure cover:
Before leaving the restaurant for the airport, Rihanna addresses one last question. It’s the biggest question surrounding the song: If her relationship with Brown is truly nobody’s business, then why make a record about it?
Her voice, usually warm and cut with chuckles, turns cold. “Pardon me?” she replies, her eyebrow slightly raised. Even after the question is repeated, she hesitates to answer. The hands that moved up and down throughout the conversation, suddenly fall flat. “It’s the truth. Remember?” she says, turning toward the other side of the table to gather her belongings. As she gets up to leave, she adds: “It’s a fun record that The-Dream wrote and we loved the lyrics. You’re still asking me questions about it so clearly you don’t know.”
That all changed in her interview with Rolling Stone. As teased out by the magazine's website, the Unapologetic singer shared details on her rekindled relationship with Chris:
"I decided it was more important for me to be happy," she tells contributing editor Josh Eells in the new issue of Rolling Stone, out Friday. "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."
"When you add up the pieces from the outside, it's not the cutest puzzle in the world," Rihanna says. "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."
"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."
"He made a mistake, and he's paid his dues," Rihanna adds. "He's paid so much. And I know that's not a place he would ever want to go back to. And sometimes people need support and encouragement, instead of ridicule and criticism and bashing.
So what can we take away from this, besides the fact that Rihanna's back together with Chris Brown?
1. Either she's got the hardest-working publicists in the world, or the smartest. Rather than let the message just come out in one fell swoop, she took not one, not two, but three magazine covers three months in a row to fully express a basic truth everyone knew, and yet, she still made news with it, and there's not even an outrage, or a backlash. Just a lot of talk about Rihanna, this blog post included.
2. "Nobody's Business" might not really be nobody's business, but given the way she's running her love life in the press, it's most certainly a business, most certainly Rihanna's, and pretty obviously, a successful one.