Rihanna and Chris Brown have their fair share of critics. Indeed, some might say they get an unfair share. But, despite the judgement — perhaps because of it — the reunited couple appear to be thriving. Now, the Bajan singer says she would like to have a child with Brown in about five years.
Courtesy of a revealing new interview with ELLE UK magazine, Rihanna talked baby plans, her hopes for the future, and why there’s a purpose behind her near obsessional needs to share her life on social media.
In a no-holds barred reveal, the just-turned-25-year-old says Brown is the inspiration behind her latest single “Stay.”
“‘Stay’ is a story about having love that close and wanting it to last forever. You don’t have that feeling with everybody so when you have it you don’t want to let go of it. I would definitely say that he [Brown] is the one I have that kind of relationship with.”
Of Brown’s brutal assault on her on the eve of the 2009 Grammy Awards, the “Diamonds” singer has previously said that Brown “doesn’t have the luxury of f******g up again.” To those who insist she is a bad role model or playing out some kind of reverse abuse scenario, Rihanna simply says:
“Now that we’re adults we can do this right. We got a fresh start and I’m thankful for that. Right now that’s just what we want, a great friendship that’s unbreakable.”
Getting specific about her future that involves motherhood, the girl they call RiRi predicts:
“I will probably have a kid. And I’m praying I can go on vacation for a good month. And I’ll have set some things up so I don’t have to tour for the rest of my life, even though I love touring. I want health and happiness in five years. I want to be healthy and happy.”
“Well, I Instagram everything about my life, whether it’s smoking pot, in a strip club, reading a Bible verse,” she tells ELLE. “How crazy, I know! – or hanging out with my best friend, who happens to be Chris.”
“Everybody wanted to know what was happening in my life. ‘Is she a drug addict?’ No. ‘Is she an alcoholic?’ No. ‘Is she a victim?’ No. That’s when I got the gun [tattoo]. It was a symbol of strength. I’ll never be a victim.”
“That’s why I’m posting pictures of myself smoking pot, to tell the truth about myself. I’ve got so much to think about, why bring all this extra s*** by being dishonest?”
In a lighter moment in the interview, Rihanna reveals the only person she is afraid of is her mother, Monica Braithwaite, a retired accountant. On probably more than one occasion, the singer says her mother “humbled the f*** out of me” for posting naked pictures of herself on Instagram, MTV reports.
For all her talk of five year plans, in the interview the Unapologetic star comes across as more than content with her life right now. After recently debuting her “Rihanna for River Island” high street fashion collection at London’s fashion week, the singer entered 2013 cresting the most successful year of her career to date, and with Brown by her side. It’s clear Rihanna is finally happy.
This new interview will likely touch off yet more critical indignation. But — to point out the glaringly obvious — it’s Rihanna’s decision, her life, and her right to live it the way she wants.
You can watch Rihanna’s behind the scenes ELLE video shoot here. The full feature will appear in the April issue on March 6 and is available digitally.
Do you agree that it’s time to let Brown and Rihanna enjoy their relationship in peace, or do you think some things can never be forgiven?