The highly anticipated interview has finally aired!
Oprah sat down with Rihanna for an episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” and talked with the singer about a lot of emotional topics. Rihanna opened up to Oprah about the loss of her grandmother, the price of fame, and her relationship with Chris Brown [then and now]. I’m sure the most “shocking” part of this interview is when Rihanna admitted that she and Chris Brown are currently “very, very close friends” who are still in love with each other.
Check out the full episode [with excerpts] below!
Advice given to her by GranGran Dolly:
The one thing she wanted is for me to marry someone that loves me a little more than I love him
On being comfortable with her sexuality:
I had to fake it till I made it. I had to pretend that I was as comfortable, (but) I really was not. I just felt like I had to just go for it. In Barbados we have a very sexual culture.
I’m 24 and I can do that now. Now I can experiment and I can figure things out.
How the Navy gets her through difficult times:
It’s amazing how lonely you can feel and like nobody understands, and the moment you put your guard down and you’re vulnerable somebody always reaches out. I put a lot of importance in that relationship with my fans.
I want them to feel comfortable knowing that I have flaws as well.
On not wanting to be a “role model”
No because of what society has made that title. It’s become a title of perfection and that is something that nobody can achieve.
On the Chris Brown incident:
I was hurt the most. Nobody felt what I felt. It happened to me, and it happened to me in front of the world. It was embarrassing, humiliating, hurtful. I lost my best friend. Everything I knew switched in a night and I couldn’t control it.
On Where She Stands With Chris Brown Now:
We’ve been working on our friendship again and now we’re very very close friends. We love each other and we probably always will.
He’s in a relationship of his own. I’m single, but we have maintained a very close friendship ever since the restraining order has been dropped.
[Seeing him] It’s awkward because I still love him. My stomach drops and I have to maintain this poker face.
He was the love of my life. He was my first love and I see that he loved me the same way. We were very young and very spontanious. We were falling in love and going at a very rapid pace and we forgot about ourselves as individuals.
On Reconnecting with her father
I repaired my relationship with my dad. I was so angry with him, about a lot of things from my childhood. I couldn’t separate him as a husband from his as a father. My family broke up because of his addiction, but I remember thinking why can’t I come to a place where I let somebody in? Why can’t I love?