Recently, singer/beauty mogul Rihanna graced the cover of this month’s Interview Magazine. The millionaire mogul was seen in a different light, being interviewed by actress Sarah Paulson. These are our favorite takeaways from their recent interview.
1. Mental health is key.
If you’re not happy, you’re not going to be happy even doing things that you love doing. It’d feel like a chore. I never want work to feel like a chore. My career is my purpose, and it should never feel like anything other than a happy place.
2. Even Rihanna wants her album out.
It makes no sense to rush it, but I want it out. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m like, Even if I don’t have the time to shoot videos, I’m going to put an album out.
3. She never knew her talents would make an empire.
I had a dream for my music to be heard all over the world. Music had led me to these other outlets, and to things that I genuinely love.
4. She was out-spoken since youth.
I’ve always had pretty tough skin—even as a little girl, which was completely due to my parents. They never sheltered me in any way. They would tease me, and I would tease them right back.
5. Her fans are called “The Navy” from a song.
I think that happened from a song called “G4L,” where I say, “We’re an army, better yet, a navy, better yet, crazy.” Then Battleship kind of pushed that forward even more.
6. The Island Gyal is actually a Shy Gyal
People read me as being confident. But I’m so shy I don’t even want you to know I’m shy.
7. Rihanna wants to join motherhood.
More than anything in life.
8. Rihanna has a morning routine.
I start my day with devotion. I buy dated devotion books, so you just pull up the date and that devotion is for that day.
9. She has been spiritual since a kid.
At 7 years old I started praying and fasting. I did that on my own, because I wanted to go to New York, and I knew that this was a sacrifice I had to make in order for god to make sure I could get there.
10. She turns negativity into a positive affirmation.
My grandmother gave me a physical devotion book. It was the last thing she gave me before she passed away. It got left on a plane and stolen, so I just said, “You know what? Somebody else is going to gain from that.” And then I bought the same book on my iPhone. The only sad part was that her handwriting was in it, but someone is going to be blessed with it, so it’s fine.
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