Rihanna Talks about Mental Health, Dealing with Criticism and Morning Rituals in an interview with Interview Magazine

Singer, Actress, Businesswoman, and original badgal Rihanna has been so generous to her fans and supporters with Fenty beauty, Savage x Fenty and other lucrative endeavors. However, we miss her first love… music. And as much as we love her for always being of a giving spirit, Rihanna has promised that her new album will be released later this year. (YES!)

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In a recent interview with Interview Magazine,  Rihanna recently sat down with American Horror story’s star Sarah Paulson and talked about building her empire, the importance of self-care, growing up with tough skin, and wanting to become a mother. Styled by Mel Ottenberg, Rihanna wore pieces from Saint Laurent, Laquan Smith, Salvatore Ferragamo and more.

Here are some of her best quotes:

On Mental Health and Self-Care:

It’s only the last couple years that I started to realize that you need to make time for yourself because your mental health depends on it. 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. I’ve made little things a big deal, like going for a walk or going to the grocery store. I got into a new relationship, and it matters to me. It was like, “I need to make time for this.” Just like I nurture my businesses, I need to nurture this as well. I’ll shut things down for two days, three days at a time. On my calendar, we now have the infamous “P,” which means personal days. This is a new thing.

Splitting time between businesses:

It’s the reason why an album isn’t being spat out like it used to. I used to be in the studio, only the studio, for three months straight, and an album would come out. Now, it’s like a carousel. I do fashion one day, lingerie the next, beauty the next, then music the next. It’s like having a bunch of kids and you need to take care of them all.

Dreams of building an Empire, growing up:

“I had one dream and that was for my music to be heard all over the world. I didn’t even think about the fame part, and then that came, and I was like, “Oh, shoot. Do I really want to do this?” But the thing that keeps me alive and passionate is being creative. With every business outlet, I’m making something from a vision to a reality, and that’s the thing I really enjoy. Music had led me to these other outlets, and to things that I genuinely love. My mom pretty much worked in the beauty and perfume industry for a long time—she did makeup for people and was a makeup artist—so I always loved that.”

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Growing up with tough skin:

“I have to say, 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. By the time I got to school, I always had this feeling like the kids were stupid. Maybe that was God’s way of preparing me for what my life was going to be like. I don’t feel any way about people’s comments.”

Being in love:

“Of course I am.”

Plans on getting married:

Only god knows that, girl. We plan and god laughs, right?”

Wanting to become a Mother:

“More than anything in life.”

Being a woman of faith:

“I’ve always been. My first time praying and fasting was when I was 7 years old. 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.”

Thoughts on faith:

“It wasn’t even lost then. The devil just has a way of making you feel like you’re not good enough, and that you’re not worthy of god being close to you. It’s really not the truth, but you wind up feeling like that. My grandmother was the one who started me on this. She gave me a devotion book, a physical one. 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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You can read the full-length interview (here).

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