Rihanna is speaking candidly about her past relationship with Chris Brown in the new issue of Vanity Fair, including, why she took him back and why the singer asked the court to lift the restraining order against Brown after the infamous 2009 attack.
It was the eve of the 2009 Grammy Awards when Brown attacked the Barbadian beauty, leaving marks and bruises across the star’s face. For most people, speaking ever again wouldn’t even be in the question, let alone, becoming intimate again.
But for Rihanna, giving her ex a second chance was all because the singer thought she could change him. “Maybe I’m one of those people built to handle sh*t like this. Maybe I’m the person who’s almost the guardian angel to this person, to be there when they’re not strong enough, when they’re not understanding the world, when they just need someone to encourage them in a positive way and say the right thing.”
When asked if she could change him? “A hundred percent,” Badgalriri answered. “I was very protective of him. I felt that people didn’t understand him.”
But for Rihanna, who vacationed with Breezy three weeks after the egregious assault, she was the enemy in the situation. “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.”
The duo went on to have several encounters following the attack, even when Brown had moved on to on-again off-again girlfriend, Karrueche Tran.
During an exclusive sit down interview with Iyanla Vanzant earlier this year, Tran revealed that Christmas morning of 2012, she spent the morning with Brown at his LA condo. Brown later told Karrueche that he had somewhere to go. That very evening, he was spotted sitting court side with Rihanna at the Lakers game.
During the interview, the singer also opened up about her relationship with Matt Kemp, whom she says was her only other serious boyfriend, other than Brown. “We were still dating … we were just three months in and I liked his vibe, he was a good guy, and then paparazzi got us on vacation in Mexico. He handled it well; I didn’t,” Ri said.
The 27-year-old added, “I got so uncomfortable because now what? He’s not even able to be seen with [another] girl, because I’m dragged back into headlines that say he’s cheating on me, and I don’t even [really] know this guy. Some guys … I don’t even have their number. You would not even believe it … I’m serious, hand to God.”
Recently, Rihanna was rumored to be linked to rapper, Travis Scott, and even Leonardo DiCaprio. But all the gossip becomes annoying to the singer who says “This industry creates stories and environments that can make you uncomfortable even being friends with someone. If you see me sitting next to someone, or standing next to someone, what, I’m not allowed to do that? I’m like, are you serious? Do you think it’s going to stop me from having a friend?”
She went on to explain that this is why she doesn’t have casual sex. “I hope for the best, and I always look for that little bit of good, that potential, and I wait for it to blossom. You want them to feel good being a man, but now men are afraid to be men. They think being a real man is actually being a pussy, that if you take a chair out for a lady, or you’re nice or even affectionate to your girl in front of your boys, you’re less of a man. It’s so sick. They won’t be a gentleman because that makes them appear soft. That’s what we’re dealing with now, a hundred percent, and girls are settling for that, but I won’t. I will wait forever if I have to … but that’s O.K. You have to be screwed over enough times to know, but now I’m hoping for more than these guys can actually give.”
“That’s why I haven’t been having sex or even really seeing anybody,” she said, “because I don’t want to wake up the next day feeling guilty. I mean I get horny, I’m human, I’m a woman, I want to have sex. But what am I going to do—just find the first random cute dude that I think is going to be a great ride for the night and then tomorrow I wake up feeling empty and hollow?”
Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Rihanna graces the cover of VF in a teal one piece short ensemble while posing against a vintage car.
Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ Is ‘Bring It On’ … But Way More Woke!
Netflix is getting ready to “Bring It On” … in more ways than one. The streaming service’s new flick Step Sisters is reminiscent of the 90s dance film, but delves deeper into racial themes like cultural appropriation, tokenization and interracial dating.
In the film Megalyn Echikunwoke (Arrow) plays the president of a black sorority who is tasked with teaching one of the campus’ white sororities how to step for a charity competition. At first glimpse the film seems to be stepping into a can of worms — and had folks on Twitter up in arms, but the creators and cast told HipHollywood it isn’t about cultural appropriation but instead cultural exchange.
“There’s a strong political message, and there’s a lot of racial content,” said Nia Jervier. “But I think that the pill that may be difficult to swallow is dipped in honey, because it’s funny.”
What also helps is that producer/writers like Lena Waithe (Masters of None), Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) and Ben Cory Jones (Underground) are behind the project – so you know it’s woke.
“At the end of the day, Jamila the lead character in our minds she’s reaching over to show them a part of our culture. It doesn’t dilute our culture,” said Jones. ” And I love that we can take stepping and evolve that into issues of race and culture.”
Step Sisters begins streaming on Netflix January 20th.
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