RihRih covers the November issue of VOGUE and addresses pretty much every rumor from the last year, everything from the extent of her involvement in that bottle throwing brawl at w.i.p. to her relationship with Breezy and rumors she was flirting with Robert Pattinson. Hit the flip for photos from the stunning spread along with her candid conversation.
Rihanna on her decision to debut her latest short short haircut at the VMA’s:
“Spur of the moment,” Rihanna will tell me later. “My hair was supposed to be down to my a$$ tonight.”
On Rumors She Was Naughty Texting Robert Pattinson:
Recently there were tabloid reports that Rihanna was flirting by text with Pattinson. When I relayed this rumor to Rihanna before the VMAs, she expressed horror and pronounced it “the most bullsh!t ever,” but she also seemed amused. No two private lives in the universe are subjected to as much daily rumormongering as Rihanna’s and Pattinson’s, and watching their encounter in the hallway is like witnessing the collision of gossip planets. Pattinson lowers his head and smiles. Rihanna gives him an innocent hug and pushes on. The exchange is shorter than three seconds.
On What She And BFF Katy Perry Talk About At The VMAs:
She’s about to take her seat in the front row, where she’ll join a childhood friend from Barbados, Melissa Forde, as well as Katy Perry, one of her closest showbiz pals. “We just people-watch,” Rihanna explains.
RihRih On Her Favorite West Coast Restaurant, Giorgio Baldi:
I meet her for the first time at Giorgio Baldi, an Italian restaurant in Santa Monica, not far from the Pacific Ocean, that serves as Rihanna’s unofficial kitchen when she is home in Los Angeles. Jay-Z, who signed Rihanna when she was a sixteen-year-old named Robyn Rihanna Fenty, introduced her to the place. (Beyoncé told her to try the calamari.)
It’s late summer, a couple of weeks before the VMAs, and Rihanna’s hair is still curly and long, wrapped into a ponytail. She orders the calamari plus a bottle of Pinot Noir, which appear with comical haste, as if a chef and sommelier are hiding under the table.
“If I am in town six days, I’m here six days a week,” she says of the restaurant. “But I’m never in town.”
On Moving Around So Much:
Just days ago, Rihanna was in Japan. Before that, Barbados. Before that, the Amalfi coast, vacationing with friends on a luxury yacht. Soon Rihanna will be in London. Then Paris, then back to L.A., then London again. These days she moves around the planet so much she sometimes can’t remember her location. Rihanna says she found herself one morning in a hotel room in Tokyo and had no idea where she was. “Jen, my assistant, was waking me up, and I was like, ‘Whose room am I in? Why am I in this room?’ ”
She admits she can lose track of time. “I never know what day it is,” she says. “Never, ever, ever.”
What day is today?
Rihanna pauses. Her lips curl, and she begins to make an “S” sound. “Ooh, I went to say Saturday.” She laughs and corrects herself. “It’s Wednesday. Wednesday.”
On Being Single:
She says she is single. “I have not been on a date in forever,” she says. “Like two years. Haven’t gone to the movies, to dinner. Zero.”
Come on. If someone wanted to go on a date with you—
“I would love to go on a date,” she says. “You don’t think that? I’m a woman. A young woman, vibrant, and I love to have fun. And I have too many vag***s around me at this point.”
She takes a sip of wine. “Seriously, all I want is a guy to take me out and make me laugh for a good hour and take my ass back home. He doesn’t even have to come up. All I want is a conversation for an hour.”
So what gives?
“No one asks. Trust me on that. I’m waiting for the man who’s ballsy enough to deal with me. I’m going to wait, though. You always find the wrong shit when you go looking.”
On Her Twitter Presence:
She had to be persuaded to tweet for the first time. “I just thought, Who cares? Do I say, ‘Getting in the car. Getting on the plane’? I was so distraught by the whole idea.”
On The Controversial Coachella Blunt Rolling Photo:
Rihanna sparked a brief controversy last spring when she sent out a photograph of herself sitting on her bodyguard’s shoulders at the Coachella music festival, rolling what appeared to be a maryjane cigarette on his head. Rihanna’s affection for sticky icky is not a closely guarded state secret—a few days after the VMAs she will tweet out a photograph of a hand holding what appears to be a joint in front of a photo of Audrey Hepburn, with the caption “My boo A. Hepburn chillin wit Miss Jane.” But she was upset by printed insinuations that the photo from Coachella might have depicted harder stuff, possibly yayo.
“They knew what it was,” she says now. “They knew it was maryjane. It was completely clear to them. I just thought it was uncalled for. I don’t do yayo. I don’t like being associated with anything that’s untrue.”
In the past, a celebrity would have to sit back and take the bad press, issue a bland statement, duck behind a publicist. Rihanna used Twitter to go on the offensive. When MTV zinged her (tweeting “Yikes”) for the Coachella pictures, she zapped them right back, telling the network she “ran out of fawks to give.” MTV, admonished, quickly took down its comment. “I got over it,” Rihanna says of her tiff with the music network. “We’re friends again.”
On Her Collaboration And Friendship With Chris Brown:
“To the world, I feel like there’s no closure,” she says. “There’s some obsession that’s continued even throughout when we weren’t friends or couldn’t be friends at all. Hated each other. The world hasn’t let go. They haven’t seen any progress in our friendship, because they don’t see anything, really, besides the song.”
She says the “Birthday Cake” remix was her idea. “I didn’t think it could be anything detrimental to my career,” she says. “I was on a tour bus ride between two cities, listening to my album, thinking, Oooh, maybe I should make this into a duet. And I started coming up with a bunch of people, and his name crossed my mind. I thought, We haven’t made a song in so long together . . . it could be a little shocking.”
It was shocking, and there was blowback. “So now it’s a bit of a fascination, I guess,” she says. “I don’t know if people will stop soon, but I feel like as soon as they have closure to it, they will.” She doesn’t expect she will win everyone’s understanding. “But they’re not on the inside. They can’t see what I see, unless they’re sitting in my point of view. I guess I’ll learn to accept that.”
On VMA Tension Between Breezy And Drizzy:
She talks about spending time at the show with Katy Perry, how the two of them understand what it means to “go through personal things in a very public way” and “genuinely care if each other are OK.” She says the presence of Brown and Drake wasn’t a big deal. “It was easy. No problems.” As for their nightclub fight—and the suggestion the two men were feuding over her—she brushes it off. “I wasn’t even there. It had nothing to do with me.”
On Maintaining Some Sense Of Normalcy:
She looks around the sleek interior of the plane, where the people she loves are in deep sleep. “Every time we come on one of these things, it’s unreal,” she says. The perks of her young life are abundant, even if its demands can get overwhelming. “I’m in a positive space, but I do have my days,” she says. “Everybody has their days.”
She can still escape. Sometimes when Rihanna wants to stop being Rihanna, she and her friends will just go off together. They’ll leave her bodyguard behind and Rihanna will dress simple, nothing too crazy or recognizable. They’ll get in a taxicab and go shopping, and for a few hours, she can be Robyn again. “Definitely not as much as before, but we still have those moments,” her friend Melissa tells me later. “For her to feel normal.”
Fighting And Making Up With Piers Morgan:
She engages in a Twitter fight with CNN interviewer Piers Morgan, who has the temerity to suggest that Rihanna should “grow her hair back. Fast.” Rihanna snaps at Morgan: “Grow a d**k . . . FAST,” and you can’t help imagining Morgan’s stomach twisting in embarrassment. (Or maybe not. He and Rihanna soon are making up in public and arranging an interview.)
Sorry, we know that’s not a new quote, we just couldn’t believe RihRih has Vogue printing such business…
What do you think about her VOGUE interview? Most was conducted during the period of time before and after the VMA’s so how accurate do you think it is now. You think Breezy has taken her on that long awaited date???
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