Rihanna gets personal with the Brits in a recent interview with YOU magazine:
‘Nobody wants anybody to know that is happening in a relationship, and seeing it plastered over every news channel I felt like it was a natural disaster happening. Every time I turned on the television, if it wasn’t “breaking news” it was the line at the bottom of the screen. I feel like it is behind me. I have a good balance in my life now, but it is something that people will probably ask me about for the next two years, unfortunately.’
Recent rumours suggest that the ‘balance’ in her life now is a new romance with US baseball player Matt Kemp, 25, but – perhaps because of that past experience – she is wary of confirming that they are an item.
‘Matt is not my boyfriend. He is nice. He is really nice, but we are not an official couple or anything,’ she says, in a way that suggests that might soon change (she has subsequently been reported to have met his parents).
‘When Melissa arrived at school she really stood out. She was a black girl with blonde hair who wore make-up – she was the only girl in school who would wear make-up, because we weren’t allowed. We became friends and she would come over to my house with her older sister’s magazines and we would go through them and say, “Hey, we could do something like that.” That’s when I started to get into fashion and make-up. A year after I met her I dropped out of the cadets. I was like, “This is terrible! They are just screaming at me, I don’t like this!”’ she says, laughing at the memory.
On rare days off she likes to do something ‘normal’ like watch comedy shows or movies: she has been offered acting roles herself and says she would like to start with comedy (she is naturally funny, so perhaps a ‘romcom, something that’s fun’). She has a tight social circle, just a few of whom are famous – she ‘hangs out’ with Jay-Z and Beyoncé, is close to Kanye West, Kid Cudi and Mary J Blige, and counts Katy Perry as a ‘real friend’ with whom she has vacationed and is in constant contact.
‘Russell Brand and Katy make such a perfect couple. I met him a few years ago when he interviewed me, and became friends with Katy later, and it’s so funny because I would never have put the two of them together. But then when she told me it made so much sense. I was like, “Of course you guys would be together, you are both hilarious and rude and disrespectful, it’s perfect.” You can really see that they are just so in love.’