11:19 am, April 4th, 2012
“I respect what other people have to say. The bottom line is that everyone thinks differently. It’s very hard for me to accept, but I get it,” the pop star says in Elle’s May issue.
She continues, “People end up wasting their time on the blogs or whatever, ranting away, and that’s all right. I don’t hate them for it. Because tomorrow I’m still going to be the same person. I’m still going to do what I want to do.”
The former couple, who recently reunited in the recording studio, split in 2009 after Brown assaulted her during a pre-Grammys dispute.
The dramatic breakup, and the media attention surrounding it, “gave me guns,” Rihanna says.
She adds, “I was like, well, f**k. They know more about me than I want them to know. It’s embarrassing.”
“But that was my opening. That was my liberation, my moment of bring it,” the singer continues. “I wanted people to know who I am. Whatever they take that to be, good or bad, I just want them to know the truth.”
Rihanna goes on to explain that, the way she sees it, she “has more freedom the more people know about me.”
“It’s like, one less skeleton in the closet, one less burden, one less secret,” she says. “Now you know that, so you can say what you want about it. I don’t have anything to hide.”
Rihanna’s full Elle interview hits newsstands April 17.
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