Ten Things We Learned About Rihanna From Her Miranda July Interview
In her cover story for T’s Oct. 25 Greats issue, the singer opened up about everything from men and childbirth to social media and proving herself.
1. She’s a seasoned flirt.
“Rihanna hugged me hello and we sat down in front of two glasses of white wine. ‘Your eyes are amazing,’ she told me, pulling her chair closer. ‘I’m staring at you and I feel like my eyes are gonna blur because all I can see are those tiny dots.’”
2. She might want to consider clearing her Internet search history.
“I will be sitting around Googling childbirth. … Childbirth is putting it the not-gross way. I was searching the size of certain things, and how much they expand, and then what happens after. …”
3. Not that she’s planning on getting pregnant anytime soon.
“Guys need attention. They need that nourishment, that little stroke of the ego that gets them by every now and then. I’ll give it to my family, I’ll give it to my work — but I will not give it to a man right now.”
4. She handles her own social media.
“That’s the only way it’ll actually work. My fans can sniff the BS from very far away. I cannot trick them.”
5. She sees nothing wrong with posting the odd provocative photo.
“There’s no rule about whether you have to be clothed or not. I want to see a naked woman who isn’t even aware of her nakedness. … Men are gonna do what they do — and I am gonna do what I do.”
6. She is, thankfully, never satisfied.
“I used to feel unsafe right in the moment of an accomplishment — I felt the ground fall from under my feet because this could be the end. And even now, while everyone is celebrating, I’m on to the next thing. I don’t want to get lost in this big cushion of success.”
7. She is attracted to men who challenge her.
“I’m turned on by guys who are cultured. That’ll keep me intrigued. They don’t have to have a single degree, but they should speak other languages or know things about other parts of the world or history or certain artists or musicians. I like to be taught. I like to sit on that side of the table.”
8. She was a late bloomer.
“By like age 11, girls were talking about what they had and hadn’t done. I hadn’t even kissed a boy yet, so it always made me feel insecure, like I was never gonna be good or ready or know what to do — I didn’t even have boobs.”
9. And yet she had to grow up very quickly.
“That’s something I don’t think I could ever do — send my only girl to another random country to live with people she’d just met. It had to be God that paralyzed Monica Fenty’s emotions so that she’d say, ‘Yes, go.’ To this day, I don’t know how that happened. But thank God it did.”
10. No matter how many records she sells, Rihanna is still having to prove herself.
“You know, when I started to … have my race be highlighted, it was mostly when I would do business deals. … And, you know, that never ends, by the way. It’s still a thing. And it’s the thing that makes me want to prove people wrong. It almost excites me; I know what they’re expecting and I can’t wait to show them that I’m here to exceed those expectations.”
Source: NY Times