Rihanna talks love, strength and style with ELLE UK


After her success at London Fashion Week, Rihanna is back to talking about the music and her life as she sits down with ELLE UK to shoot two special edition front covers as well as an inside shoot and interview where she discusses Chris Brown, her love of Instagram and the one person in the world she’s scared of.

With seven albums under her belt, it’s easy to forget that Rihanna is still only 25 years old, and with so much achieved in her career already the singer is already planning for a more laidback life in five years time, away from the music.

“I will probably have a kid,” she says. “And I’ll have set some things up so I don’t have to tour for the rest of my life, even though I love touring. I want health and happiness in five years. I want to be healthy and happy.” But for right now? “I’m praying I can go on vacation for a good month.”

Recently Rihanna revealed the new video for her next single “Stay,” a song she says draws many paralels to her relationship with Chris Brown.

“‘Stay’ is a story about having love that close and wanting it to last forever. You don’t have that feeling with everybody so when you have it you don’t want to let go of it. I would definitely say that he [Chris Brown] is the one I have that kind of relationship with.”

She continues, “Right now, that’s just what we want, a great friendship, that’s unbreakable. Now that we’re adults we can do this right. We got a fresh start and we’re thankful for that.”

The Bajan superstar has had much criticism and press interest about her on and off relationship, but basically everything else she does also becomes a headline – which is why she has taken to social networking sites to tell her truth. “Well I Instagram everything about my life, whether it’s smoking pot, in a strip club, reading a Bible verse – how crazy, I know – or hanging out with my best friend, who happens to be Chris.”

“Everybody wanted to know what was happening in my life,” she says. “Is she a drug addict? No. Is she an alcoholic? No. Is she a victim? No. That’s why I got the gun [tattoo]. It was a symbol of strength. I’ll never be a victim.”

However, her Instagram account can also get her into some trouble as she’s known for posting pictures of weed quite often, as well as risque pics of herself wearing very little – something her mother definitely doesn’t approve of.

“I’m not afraid of any person in this world but her. I’m terrified of her! She called me two days ago and reeled me in about two naked pictures Melissa put up on Instagram – a sneak-peek from a photo book she’s making about me,” she explains. “My mom, she went crazy on me. I was like embarrassed. I felt like I got my ass whupped in front of my class in school! She said, ‘This was like a private moment and you’re just parading this around.’ She humbled the f*** out of me.”

In that case, the photoshoot for ELLE should please her mother, as Rihanna is seen fully dressed looking stunning in the Mariano Vivacano-shot images wearing items from some of the best designers including Maison Martin Margiela, Louis Vuitton and Givenchy, as well as showing off some pieces from her own River Island collection.

ELLE UK’s April issue hits stands March 6th. Check out the photoshoot and behind-the-scenes video below.