Rihanna: “I Went To Sleep As Rihanna And Woke Up As Britney Spears”

Published: Tuesday 3rd Nov 2009 by Trent

In a recent interview with  ‘Glamour Magazine’, singer Rihanna discusses several issues in her life including domestic violence, her style and her upcoming album, ‘Rated R’. The starlet will be honored by ‘Glamour’ with the title of ‘Glamour Woman of the Year’ next week at a ceremony in New York City. Peep excerpts from the interview below:

On the leaked photo of her battered face:
It was humiliating; that is not a photo you would show to anybody. I felt completely taken advantage of. I felt like people were making it into a fun topic on the Internet, and it’s my life. I was disappointed, especially when I found out the photo was [supposedly leaked by] two women.

On the aftermath:
It has taught me so much. I felt like I went to sleep as Rihanna and woke up as Britney Spears. That was the level of media chaos that happened the next day. It was like, What, there are helicopters circling my house? There are 100 people in my cul-de-sac? What do you mean, I can’t go back home?

My friends and family have been extremely supportive, and everyone has been there for me. But at some point you are there alone. It’s a lonely place to be—no one can understand. That’s when you get close to God.

On domestic violence:

Domestic violence is a big secret. No kid goes around and lets people know their parents fight. Teenage girls can’t tell their parents that their boyfriend beat them up. You don’t dare let your neighbor know that you fight. It’s one of the things we [women] will hide, because it’s embarrassing. My story was broadcast all over the world for people to see, and they have followed every step of my recovery. The positive thing that has come out of my situation is that people can learn from that. I want to give as much insight as I can to young women, because I feel like I represent a voice that really isn’t heard. Now I can help speak for those women.

On her image change:

In the first two years of my career, there were a lot of restraints on what I could do. I couldn’t wear certain colors of lipstick, like bright pink, dark pink or red; [my lips] had to be natural. Eventually, I stopped communicating with certain people at the label, and did exactly what I wanted to do. And that was to cut my hair, dye it black, change my clothes, change my sound. Really to just express myself.

On her new album ‘Rated R’:

I was involved in a lot of the writing. I put everything I’ve wanted to say for the past eight months into my music. The songs are really personal. It’s rock ‘n’ roll, but it’s really hip-hop: If Lil’ Wayne and Kings of Leon like my album, then I’ll feel good. I would not change anything about it. Even if people don’t love it, I made exactly the piece of art that I wanted to make. It’s super fearless—which is exactly how I feel right now. I am in a really good place.

I have grown up a lot since my last album. It [represents] exactly where I am at right now.

It’s encouraging to see that she is brave enough to discuss the occurrences of the recent months with such honesty and integrity without sounding bitter.  I am quite thankful that she kept her life on track. I gained more respect for after reading this and understand her a lot more as a person.

Tidbit: Does anyone else think that her comments about becoming Britney Spears could also apply to her music as well? Just a thought…

Sam’s 2 pence: A good read, though I don’t believe that ‘I took control of my image’ malarky for a single second.


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  1. parisian girl November 3, 2009

    you betta work that edit sam!!!i see you
    where’s the comment you posted comparing her to britney spears?(not in a good way of course)
    stop throwing shades…

  2. Tm November 3, 2009

    TRENT IS ALSO A HATER! LOL, and i thought the new guy was cool. continue hating, one thing is certain- her success will continue 2 raise higher n higher.

  3. parisian girl November 3, 2009

    i didn’t even notice it was trent,lol
    btw what’s going on with your server today?

  4. whystillinbusiness November 3, 2009

    I hope all this fake stuff backfires on her, Britney should sue her for using her name this way. Rihanna was not in an abusive relationship and if she was it was her doing. All this is showing you, she is desparate right now but going this route after walking the streets and partying and enjoying it and living her life and telling people she has moved on, this interview is just to sale that sorry CD with them weak songs that is coming out. I bet she would not take this bull to Oprah! Fake, fake, fake, fake.

  5. Tosh November 3, 2009

    **YAWN** I love rihanna’s style but seriously she is NOT this ICON that everybody is making her out to be. And I am with you Sam…I don’t believe for a second that she influenced her own image change!

    On another blog, I read another part of the interview where she says “I hope I find love in the next 10 years—that will be pretty annoying if I am 31 and still have never been in love!” (the biggest side EYE, that I can give a person)

    Okay RiRi – DONT ACT LIKE YOU DID NOT LOVE OR WASN’T IN LOVE WITH CHRIS! Stop playing the victim and be victorious in your comeback…PITY last for only so long and I will not buy your album because of PITY but because the music is FIRE!

    Other than that…I’m glad she is in a good place and closer to God!

  6. wtf November 3, 2009

    ok this was not great at all…you know this will not sot with brit fans..is he kidding about throwing her there..

    ok forget the brit comment, she is now a voice for dv which has never been heard..ok, maybe i missed the post where she actually address women in a her situation..NOT…trent goodbye for appluading this crap!!!

  7. ImageChanger November 3, 2009

    You all act as if normal people don’t go through image changes. I still don’t think it’s anything that dramatic

  8. Jai November 3, 2009

    If I was Britney, I would throw so much shade Rihanna’s way. You don’t mention other peoples’ names like that in interviews. Somebody get this b**** voice lessons, dance lessons, and a media coach. SMH That whole interview with Glamour was a #FAIL too. She’s still force-fed to us and she still has as much talent as a rock. They’re deporting Shyne, but they won’t deport her ass? It’s a conspiracy if you ask me. LMAO

  9. Jerry November 3, 2009

    Hm… She is still the same old Rihanna…

  10. Deedee November 3, 2009

    Good for you Rihanna, I’m glad she’s letting people see the human side of her. I don’t think Britney’s fans will be upset with her comment because she was referring to how the media was hounding her immediately following the assault just as they were following Britney during her downward spiral before her father was awarded conservatorship. As far as her image, lots of music stars go through image changes over their careers, Lil Kim, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Mariah Carey and the likes. She’s young, and not restricted to the dress code of corporate America.

  11. HEALTHY BLACK QUEENS November 3, 2009

    ” A good read, though I don’t believe that ‘I took control of my image’ malarky for a single second. ”

    Neither do I. Artists who rebel get dropped or very little support e.g. Fefe Dobson, Kelly Clarkson, etc. After two albums selling average numbers, they wouldn’t have let Rihanna just go off and do her own thing.

  12. Person November 3, 2009

    Music wise she aint no britney spears

    and she aint got the talent as britney has.

  13. wanda November 3, 2009

    Why is she being awarded ‘woman of the yer’? What did she do except walk around NY wearing different clothes not saying anything? How did she further the cause of DV? I’m lost and I think she threw Chris under the rug. Let’s see if his sales are affected.

    Not believing that she is in control of her image the way that she wants us to believe.

  14. anonymouss November 3, 2009

    i agree with wanda ^

  15. Rihanna sit down November 3, 2009

    So having her having ass beat and doing nothing for the last 9 months, now makes her crown woman of the year, smh

    What a sad world we live in, take away her fame and she’s nothing

  16. bebe November 4, 2009

    britney spears is a better performer and better singer than riri
    yeah her life has been a scandal these past few years
    but riri didnt have to compare herself to her just to get
    her point accross but i get it
    this woman of the year thing is ridiculous
    yes she did some awareness and helped save
    that child’s life but seriously women of the year
    for her fashion sense maybe but singing or anything else
    is ridiculous
    she is popular for modeling and doing nothing else

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