Rihanna's full interview in GQ magazine is posted all over the Internets and it contains some interesting insight into the dominating relationship that her manager -- who I affectionately call "pit bull" - has over her.
I love how the writer just ignores the pit bull's interruptions and continues asking questions.
Take this interesting exchange for instance:
The Hovering Manager interrupts for the first time. “Ri, can you come over here for two seconds?” she asks. Rihanna looks at her quizzically. “There’s an issue with a track,” says HM. “What track?” says Rihanna. HM’s eyebrows raise. “Can you just come over here for a second?” she says tersely. Rihanna obeys. The two move a few feet away. Much whispering ensues, but there’s no communication with the people working in the soundstage. Then Rihanna returns to her wooden crate. The first thing she says is “I’m sorry.”
You get the feeling that Rihanna is somewhat passive/aggressive and allows people with bigger personalities than hers (ie, Type A personalities) to overpower her. Notice I said "allows" because I'm sure that at some point, RiRi's aggressive side shows itself.
Rihanna discussed her close relationship with her mentor Jay Z:
Me and Jay-Z, we have a very close relationship, so he was there helping me through it and giving me advice and guidance, and just words of support. Like, strength.
And her reaction to her face meeting Chris Brown's fists:
Initially. I would say the first…the first seventy-two hours after I realized, it hit. The entire thing was kind of a daze. I was confused. It was a little weird, but…but then, after, I was getting bored of being in the house and sittin’ around. I called Jay Brown—he’s my A&R—and I was like, “I want to get back to the studio. I want to get back.”
If Rihanna could talk to other young victims of domestic abuse, here's what she'd probably say:
Um…really really really that love is blind... After everything happened, it was a wake-up call to me… I didn’t realize how much of an effect it had on young girls’ lives, and that’s part of the insight that I wanna give. Stop blaming yourself for that outcome. There’s nothing you can do, ever, to excuse a man’s behavior like that.
On if she will ever speak to the convicted woman beater again:
Mmm. Maybe in like ten years, you know? But it’s not something that I’m depending on. I’m not depending on his friendship.
On if she has the dreaded herpes:
... it’s not true. It’s a fucking scar. On my lip. That’s there every day of my life... At first I was like, Are you serious? First I thought people were gonna definitely know that that’s not…But when I read it, and I see that people just buy into that…Like, the minute they see it, it forms something in their head.
Read the full interview after the break...
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