Rihanna Talks Bullying, Fame and Being ‘Fearless’ in Glamour Magazine Interview
Remember that eye-catching Glamour cover of Rihanna we recently showed you? Well, there’s an interview that accompanies it. And if you think you know RiRi from all of those Instagram photos, then you got her all wrong.
At least that’s what she tells Glamour in the November 2013 issue. The ‘Pour It Up’ singer talks about being two different people at the same time — one being Robyn Fenty, the island girl from Barbados, and the other is Rihanna, the wild child of the pop world.
“When people call me Robyn, my head just flies around because I feel like that person knows me,” she explains. “But Rihanna, that tends to be people’s own [creation]. Robyn is who I am. Rihanna — that’s an idea of who I am.”
“That’s why it’s important for me to know who I am,” she continues. “There’s no way for people to know me. All they have are a couple of pictures and some crazy headlines to go off of.”
The interview gets interesting when Rihanna talks about being teased in school growing up in Barbados.
“I got teased my entire school life,” she tells the mag. “What they were picking on I don’t even understand. It was my skin color [which was lighter than her classmates]. Then when I got older, it was about my breasts.”
“But I’m not victimized — I’m grateful,” she adds. “I think those experiences were strategically put together by God for the preparation of being in the music industry. It’s so easy for me to deal with the bulls— now.”
The 25-year-old songbird did acknowledge that she can’t run from the haters and that they will always “keep knocking away until all this comes crashing down, but I’m not gonna ever crash. I’m in control.”
“I had to regain my fearlessness because it did go away for a little bit,” she said. “My mother said something to me a few years ago: ‘I’ve seen something in your eyes I’ve never seen before: fear.’ She was like, ‘No, this is not you.’ I just got back to being OK with myself.”
The November 2013 issue of Glamour magazine, featuring “fearless” Rihanna on the cover, is on newsstands now.