For Harper's Bazaar's August 2012 issue, Rihanna graces the cover in a white-hot look and wears looks from Emporio Armani, Tom Ford, Alexander Wang and Balmain for her fashion editorial. In her interview, she not only opens up about how her butt is "not living up to its full potential," but also how she feels about falling in love and her collaboration with Chris Brown.
When it comes to relationships, the singer says she's not as bad of a girl as people think she is. "(I am) rebellious through my music, through my fashion, tattoos, and my hair," she says. "I have been conservative in my love life… it’s pretty much nonexistent. If I come across someone who I find really cool, I’ll hang out. But the minute I find that we’re getting too close I just — I don’t let people in."
She claims that she had "no idea" that so much criticism would follow from her recent collaboration with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown for her "Birthday Cake" remix and says she went ahead with the project because she's moved past that pain.
"The fans could have said, 'We don't want anything to do with it,'" she says. "I understood that people had every right to be concerned about it. But I didn't see it that way because I'm in a different place."
Still, Rih Rih also reveals that her incident with Brown in 2009 has deeply affected her when it comes to trusting and allowing herself to fall in love again.
"When I was in love, I fell so hard. I was really, really, really in love. The way it made me feel was priceless. And in a blink of an eye my whole life changed. Everything that I knew was different. I never thought I'd feel that pain in my life, I'm afraid of feeling that again."
The August 2012 issue of Harper's Bazaar will hit newsstands July 17.
What do you think about her thoughts on her love life and leaving the past behind? Tell us what you think in the comments.
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(Photo: courtesy Harper's Bazaar Magazine)