Photographed by Annie Leibovitz for the November spread, Rihanna sported her dark, cropped hair and a bright, red dress — contrasting the vibrant red ‘do she rocked last time around. The interview begins with Rihanna’s memorable night at the 2012 VMAs, winds through a listening session for her upcoming album Unapologetic, but also backtracks to the release of her now infamous “Birthday Cake (Remix)” and takes a peek at her non-dating life.
“I have not been on a date in forever. Like two years. Haven’t gone to the movies, to dinner. Zero. I would love to go on a date,” she said frankly during the interview. “You don’t think that? I’m a woman. A young woman, vibrant, and I love to have fun. … Seriously, all I want is a guy to take me out and make me laugh for a good hour and take my ass back home. He doesn’t even have to come up. All I want is a conversation for an hour.”
Her groans about having no dating life come after she and her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown have been spotted out and about together over the past few weeks, with Brown even splitting from his longtime girlfriend and admitting that his friendship with Rihanna was making things difficult.
“To the world, I feel like there’s no closure,” she explained of her relationship with Brown. “There’s some obsession that’s continued even throughout when we weren’t friends or couldn’t be friends at all. Hated each other. The world hasn’t let go. They haven’t seen any progress in our friendship, because they don’t see anything, really, besides the song.”
The first big hint that the two artists were reconciling came when Rihanna decided to add Brown to her “Birthday Cake (Remix),” an idea that she confirmed was all her own.
“I didn’t think it could be anything detrimental to my career,” she said. “I was on a tour bus ride between two cities, listening to my album, thinking, ‘Oooh, maybe I should make this into a duet.’ And I started coming up with a bunch of people, and his name crossed my mind. I thought, ‘We haven’t made a song in so long together … it could be a little shocking.’ ”
“So now it’s a bit of a fascination, I guess,” she continued, still addressing the public’s fixation on her and Brown’s relationship. “I don’t know if people will stop soon, but I feel like as soon as they have closure to it, they will. But they’re not on the inside. They can’t see what I see, unless they’re sitting in my point of view. I guess I’ll learn to accept that.”