Vanity Fair just rolled out their November issue with Rihanna on the cover, and aside from the dazzling photo spread, the piece includes a very candid and open interview with the pop star. During the conversation, Rihanna talks extensively about her past relationship with Chris Brown and what it's like for her dealing with being a poster child for domestic violence victims. "Well, I just never understood that, like how the victim gets punished over and over," Rihanna said.
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. A lot of women, a lot of young girls, are still going through it. A lot of young boys too. It’s not a subject to sweep under the rug, so I can’t just dismiss it like it wasn’t anything, or I don’t take it seriously. 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. So to talk about it and say it once, much less 200 times, is like … I have to be punished for it? It didn’t sit well with me.”
She also discussed her decision to get back with Brown briefly, and how she felt like maybe she was a guardian angel for Brown. "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," she said. And while she confirmed that Brown isn't her enemy right now, she also revealed that they're not friends and don't have much of any relationship at the moment.
As for her long-awaited new album, Jay Z said that it's taking Rihanna so long because "she wants it to be perfect." Previously, Rihanna said that she was waiting to get into the studio with Kanye West to work on the project, and that their busy schedules were holding things up.
Though Rihanna has recently been linked with Travi$ Scott, she revealed in this interview that she's not actually dating anyone right now, or even having sex for that matter. "That’s why I haven’t been having sex or even really seeing anybody," she said. "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. But what am I going to do—just find the first random cute dude that I think is going to be a great ride for the night and then tomorrow I wake up feeling empty and hollow?"
Former NAACP chapter leader, Rachel Dolezal, who came under fire earlier this year for lying about her race, also came up in the interview, and Rihanna took an interesting stand on the subject, and said that she is a bit of a hero. "Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to be black? Black is a great thing, and I think she legit changed people's perspective a bit and woke people up," Rihanna said.
The full Vanity Fair interview can be read here.