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Photos of Rihanna on the Cover the February Issue of W Magazine 2010-01-13 14:30:00

Rihanna Doesn't Stay Silent About Chris in W

Rihanna was decked out in a white Gucci number for the cover of February's W, which hits newsstands on Jan. 26 — check out even more photos from the shoot as well as their look back at her style evolution. Rihanna's fresh off a relaxing New Year's trip to Mexico with her new guy Matt Kemp, but her interview with the magazine was all about reflecting on 2009. She shared a few thoughts about the Chris Brown incident, keeping silent in its aftermath, and how it affected her new album. Here's more:

  • On the tone of Rated R: "This was a different type of record for me. . . . It was really personal; it was from me in the most authentic way. It’s like a movie in that when I was making this album, every day I was in a different mood. Sometimes I was pissed off, sometimes I was miserable, and every song brings out a different story.”
  • On keeping silent last Spring: "Not talking was a big thing for me . . . I’m glad I didn’t talk to people, because I was able to deal with things in my own way, without saying the wrong things or giving people the wrong impression.”
  • On how she handles herself after the assault: "At first I completely shut down. But now I feel like this happened to me so I could be a voice for young girls who are going through what I went through and don’t know how to talk about it. . . . It’s not about Chris, about hurting him or sabotaging his career. I don’t care about that part of it."
  • On early signs of trouble with Chris: "There were control issues, insecurity. When people are insecure they become very controlling and they can get very aggressive and in turn abusive. It doesn’t have to be physical. Like they would say bad stuff to you to make you feel lesser than them just so they would have control in the relationship. It takes a big toll on your emotions and on your everyday life. It changes you."

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Chillipepper1 Chillipepper1 6 years
She's really just still 21 come on people! Only problem is too much money and over-exposure plus no maturity or life experience to deal with all this..Between me and you if she doesn't watch herself, she's heading for a 'Britney situation'
lwimbush lwimbush 6 years
all these people saying women deserve to be abused or they have no sympathy for rihanna are posting their comments anonymously. hmmmmm.i think its great that she is starting to speak out now because shes ready, and she wants to help other girls, and not just because she has an album to promote. but if she really does want to be a "roll model" she should stop posing naked so much.
lwimbush lwimbush 6 years
all these people saying women deserve to be abused or they have no sympathy for rihanna are posting their comments anonymously. hmmmmm. i think its great that she is starting to speak out now because shes ready, and she wants to help other girls, and not just because she has an album to promote. but if she really does want to be a "roll model" she should stop posing naked so much.
RaCheer RaCheer 6 years
I'm glad that Rihanna brought light to the fact that abuse is not always physical, it is often verbal and emotional. I was in a very emotionally abusive relationship. I never had the bruises to show for it but it will always remain with me.
bellydancinmary bellydancinmary 6 years
Why the hell are people saying that a woman deserves to be abused?? NO ONE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE DESERVES ABUSE, EVER!! And, until domestic violence becomes a MAN'S issue in this society, all the speaking out in the world won't bring enough awareness about it.
Iris1000 Iris1000 6 years
Alitax, my opinion is my opinion and I don't care for yours or what you think of mine.
sabrina27 sabrina27 6 years
Rihanna looks good on the cover
Iris1000 Iris1000 6 years
This whole Rihanna-Chris thing is so hypocrital to me. Look at Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller. Hardly the same reaction from the public to Charlie taking a knife to Brooke. Chris has gotten 5 years probation for a bruised cheek on Rihanna? And now we have to see her pranced around half nude on all the websites until our dying day? Glad Chris is not my son, I sure wouldn't want to see him with the punishment he got and then see the "victim" every minute afterward. If I were him I would certainly try to get my sentence reduced.
Iris1000 Iris1000 6 years
This whole Rihanna-Chris thing is so hypocrital to me. Look at Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller. Hardly the same reaction from the public to Charlie taking a knife to Brooke. Chris has gotten 5 years probation for a bruised cheek on Rihanna? And now we have to see her pranced around half nude on all the websites until our dying day? Glad Chris is not my son, I sure wouldn't want to see him with the punishment he got and then see the "victim" every minute afterward. If I were him I would certainly try to get my sentence reduced.
KrisB KrisB 6 years
I think its good Rihanna keeps speaking out against domestic violence, its just not done enough. Her album however authentic it is, was not my cup of tea, too violent and angry for my taste.
sidra5397 sidra5397 6 years
I don't think she's trying to be the "true voice of violence against women" as one poster here put it. I think she's is just A voice. I don't understand the upset against her speaking about what happened. When she first spoke after she was ready to, many people attacked her for taking too long to speak out. Now that she is being more vocal, people are attacking her for spending too much time on the 'pity' platform. To reach out and communicate--on her time--is part of the healing process. Also, let's not forget the callous comments about her image. Her new image to me seems to be a part of the reconstruction of her identity after Chris beat the old one out of her. Sure, her fashion choices can come off as attention grabbing and overly provacative but there's a reason for that. She's going for a harder look because she wants send the message that she is stronger. In time, she'll learn that she can find strength in vulnerability too. For now it's a part of the healing process; that process can be long and difficult to understand from the outsider's point of view and that's just it, this is HER way.She still has a lot to figure out about herself and in time will assume responsibility for herself. In the mean time, she's still young and immature, but not as immature as some of the comments on this post.
sidra5397 sidra5397 6 years
I don't think she's trying to be the "true voice of violence against women" as one poster here put it. I think she's is just A voice. I don't understand the upset against her speaking about what happened. When she first spoke after she was ready to, many people attacked her for taking too long to speak out. Now that she is being more vocal, people are attacking her for spending too much time on the 'pity' platform. To reach out and communicate--on her time--is part of the healing process. Also, let's not forget the callous comments about her image. Her new image to me seems to be a part of the reconstruction of her identity after Chris beat the old one out of her. Sure, her fashion choices can come off as attention grabbing and overly provacative but there's a reason for that. She's going for a harder look because she wants send the message that she is stronger. In time, she'll learn that she can find strength in vulnerability too. For now it's a part of the healing process; that process can be long and difficult to understand from the outsider's point of view and that's just it, this is HER way. She still has a lot to figure out about herself and in time will assume responsibility for herself. In the mean time, she's still young and immature, but not as immature as some of the comments on this post.
jessicagurl jessicagurl 6 years
Some of these comments make me sick to my stomach
melissabritt melissabritt 6 years
I keep forgetting she is only 21--she looks 31.
MsTyque MsTyque 6 years
I'm tired of hearing about the whole 'incident'. Her pics are beautiful, very stylish.
Beauty Beauty 6 years
No woman deserves to be beaten by her partner. I'm sad that Rihanna was in an abusive relationship, but so glad she got out and is speaking about it. People don't usually see violence happen in front of them, but it does happen — and the more we can say that it is never okay, the more we can help people reach out for help.On a shallow note, that dress is something else, but she makes it work.
Beauty Beauty 6 years
No woman deserves to be beaten by her partner. I'm sad that Rihanna was in an abusive relationship, but so glad she got out and is speaking about it. People don't usually see violence happen in front of them, but it does happen — and the more we can say that it is never okay, the more we can help people reach out for help. On a shallow note, that dress is something else, but she makes it work.
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