Rihanna graces the cover of Vanity Fair magazine opens up about her relationship with former boyfriend Chris Brown, addresses the domestic violence incident. She also has praise for Rachel Dolezal, calling her “a bit of a hero” and she speaks about her own fame and how she copes with it.


Photo: Rihanna
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Yes, 27-year-old who won the first ever American Music Awards Icon Award is making her mark on pop culture, and, covering Vanity Fair and posing for typically edgy photos by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz she’s reminding everyone why she has such a lock on pop music in particular and pop culture in general.

Of late, in lieu of a tour or an album — now in the works — he’s been seen mainly in Instgram pics, paparazzi photos and, of course, with her explosive and controversial “B-tch Better Have My Money” music video. So for anyone who thought it was just Rihanna’s image that was provocative, well, perhaps that was before they heard what she had to say in Vanity Fair.

She made extensive comments about former boyfriend Chris Brown, now more than six years after that shocking domestic violence incident in which the world saw the extent of her facial injuries after he beat her.

She was asked about being the “poster child” for “domestic violence” and she said of that, “Well, 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.”

She went on to say, “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.”

She added, “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.”

As for the relationship Rihanna said her belief that she could change him was “a hundred percent.” She went on to say, “I was very protective of him. I felt that people didn’t understand him.”

She went on to elaborate and said, “But you know, you realize after a while that in that situation you’re the enemy. You want the best for them, but if you remind them of their failures, or if you remind them of bad moments in their life, or even if you say I’m willing to put up with something, they think less of you—because they know you don’t deserve what they’re going to give. And if you put up with it, maybe you are agreeing that you [deserve] this, and that’s when I finally had to say, ‘Uh-oh, I was stupid thinking I was built for this.’ Sometimes you just have to walk away.. I don’t hate him. I will care about him until the day I die. We’re not friends, but it’s not like we’re enemies. We don’t have much of a relationship now.”

Speaking of how the public views her, she said, “People have this image of how wild and crazy I am, and I’m not everything they think of me. The reality is that the fame, the rumors — this picture means this, another picture means that — it really freaks me out. It made me back away from even wanting to attempt to date. It’s become second nature for me to just close that door and just be okay. with that. I’m always concerned about whether people have good or bad intentions.”

She added, “I honestly think how much fun it would be to live my reputation.”

Risking social media backlash, she came out strongly for the former Spokane NAACP President Rachel Dolezal who was outed as white after passing for black for a number of years. She said of her, “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.”

And yes, along with what she has to say about Chris Brown and the eventual dissolution of the relationship, her comments on Rachel Dolezal are driving social media into the predictable frenzy. If Rihanna intended to seize attention she has roundly succeeded!

You can see the full interview with Vanity Fair here. Rihanna goes into depth on many other topics besides these for her “Navy” and those who are perhaps just curious and understandably intrigued!