5 Things We Learned From Rihanna’s ‘Vanity Fair’ Interview
Her July video for "Bitch Better Have My Money" considered, you might assume Rihanna's a drug-loving, sex-crazed hedonist. But in an interview with Vanity Fair for the magazine's forthcoming November issue, she's happy to point out how "boring" she's become.
Details surrounding RiRi's eighth studio album are still slim, but in a talk with Lisa Robinson, virtually nothing else is off-limits. Between the pop icon's fascination with female killers, her current aversion to sex and why she'll never dismiss her past as a survivor of abuse, there's little left to the imagination by the interview's end.
Look back at five of the story's most noteworthy bits, and be sure to check out the full interview.
1.) Rihanna's just not into sex these days.
Sadly, RiRi's become disillusioned with the world's crop of selfish single men, but says she'll never relent in her quest to find a true gentleman. In other words: No one-night stands for the time being. "I hope for the best, and I always look for that little bit of good, that potential, and I wait for it to blossom. You want them to feel good being a man, but now men are afraid to be men. They think being a real man is actually being a pussy, that if you take a chair out for a lady, or you’re nice or even affectionate to your girl in front of your boys, you’re less of a man. It’s so sick...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?"
2. She's learning to accept she'll always be a survivor of abuse.
When the NFL decided against playing RiRi's "Run This Town" in 2014 amid Ray Rice's abuse scandal—six years after Rihanna, herself, was abused—she understood people would always see her as a survivor. "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. 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."
3. She's fascinated by real-life crime shows, especially those that document female killers.
Possible inspiration for "BBHMM"? "Honestly, I’ve been thinking lately about how boring I am. When I do get time to myself, I watch TV. I used to watch [NCIS and CSI] until I found The First 48 [homicide detectives, cold-blooded murders at convenience stores] and Snapped [true stories of women who lost control and committed murder]. Those are things that actually happened in real life. I’m stuck on the fact that these things actually happened."
4. She thinks Rachel Dolezal is a hero, kind of...?
Many jumped to demonize the NAACP executive and activist, who lied about being black, but RiRi thinks Dolezal should get credit for opening a dialogue. "I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit. 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.”
5. There's virtually no update on R8
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