Rihanna talks about her dating life
GLAMOUR: That shift to more personal songs happened after everything with Chris Brown, and around the same time, you went on Twitter and developed a different connection with your fans. " But it was easy for my fans to believe everything else they were hearing about me—sites, blogs, rumors—because they weren't really hearing much from .
Now they don't believe rumors anymore, because they know me.
When I was singing it, it was a fun song, and I directed it at my love-hate relationship with the media, but it went so much further than that, and I didn't even realize it. I would say my relationship with my father has had a bigger impact on me than I knew.
GLAMOUR: Does that mean you naturally look for trouble? " You know, whatever it is, a challenge is just thrilling for me. GLAMOUR: Now all these impressionable young girls are singing your songs. And that was at a time when I didn't really want to be angry but I couldn't help it, and "Fire Bomb" [released in 2009] was like that therapeutic song for me.Maybe I'm the person who's almost the guardian angel to this person, to be there when they're not strong enough, when they're not understanding the world, when they just need someone to encourage them in a positive way and say the right thing. But that would be empty for me; that to me is a hollow move. And it's about my own respect for myself." And gentlemen today don't impress her either because "now men are afraid to be men.They think being a real man is actually being a pussy, that if you take a chair out for a lady, or you're nice or even affectionate to your girl in front of your boys, you're less of a man. They won't be a gentleman because that makes them appear soft.What comes through more than anything is a tale of transformation: In February 2009, Rihanna endured the abuse of Chris Brown and the subsequent gossip frenzy. GLAMOUR: Your style has gotten more aggressive as your music has. RIHANNA: Absolutely, and I don't think of one without the other.It was painful, she tells me, to lose control of her story and image that way; determined not to let that happen again, she has since reemerged as the architect of her own fascinating comeback. My music definitely determines the direction we're gonna move in. GLAMOUR: There are so many pop stars who blow up and then lose control.