While running her multibillion-dollar empire, the 32-year-old tycoon talks about life, love, and her desire to become a mother in the May issue of the magazine. On one of the two covers, photographed by Steven Klein, the singer dons a white Burberry suit and a Stephen Jones durag, while rocking afro puffs and an oversized Raf Simons suit in another photo.
During the interview, the Fenty owner addresses her long-awaited ninth album. “I can’t say when I’m going to drop,” she added. “But I am very aggressively working on music.”
She’s certainly doing it her way. “I don’t want my albums to feel like themes. There are no rules. There’s no format,” she adds. “There’s just good music, and if I feel it, I’m putting it out.”
When questioned if R9 will still be a reggae album as previously reported, Rihanna responds, “Oh no, that is happening,” “I feel like I have no boundaries. I’ve done everything – I’ve done all the hits, I’ve tried every genre – now I’m just, I’m wide open. I can make anything that I want” she said.
On Friday, Rihanna dropped her first song in nearly three years, “I Believe,” a collab with PARTYNEXTDOOR. She newly appeared in the studio with The Neptunes working on the follow-up to 2016’s ANTI.
But she’s just one person and she can’t divide herself as she also plans on starting a family. When asked where she sees herself in 10 years, she says, “I’ll have kids – three or four of ’em.” And she’s not afraid to do it on her own. “Hell, yeah … I feel like society makes me want to feel like, ‘Oh, you got it wrong…’ They diminish you as a mother if there’s not a dad in your kids’ lives. But the only thing that matters is happiness, that’s the only healthy relationship between a parent and a child. That’s the only thing that can raise a child truly, is love.”
Rihanna, who lately ended her relationship with Saudi billionaire businessman Hassan Jameel, is no nonsense these days. “Since I turned 32, I’m realizing life is really short,” she says. “You don’t have a lot of time to tolerate shit, you know? You put so much on your plate. When you’re overwhelmed, you need to start cutting things out. And I’m overwhelmed too much,” she says. “What’s happening now is that I’m going back to black and white. My grey area is shutting down.”