Over the 7 years, we watched as Rihanna went from a wholesome good girl, singing Reggae-inspired tunes in beach-like setting in her music videos, to a badass, thug-life repping, ganja smoking rockstar, all while trying to avoid obligations of being a role model to young fans. Rihanna makes it very clear that she wants to enjoy her success but she also wants to live her life without being under the constraints of ‘being good’ for the sake of setting an example.
Her ‘Next Chapter’ interview with Oprah is coming up in just over a week and it should be a very good interview which helps fans get an insight into what her life is really like. During her emotional interview, she tells Oprah, ‘I’m afraid of the pedestal that comes fame’ while also revealing, ‘It’s amazing how lonely you can feel‘. There are times when she takes brief pauses to hold back tears.
Oprah also described her experience hanging out with Rihanna in her homeland:
I went there with my own ideas about who she was. I thought she was gonna be kind of a badass, kind of a hard-edged, rocker pop woman. Nothing could have been further from the truth. This is who she was for me and my cameras. She was 100 percent herself. She was thoughtful. She was very emotional. She was vulnerable. She pushes the edge…I came away really getting a great sense of who she was.
This is how you know who someone is. How people react to them. When we went back to the neighborhood, this reaction surprised me because it wasn’t like a big superstar megastar popstar had arrived in the neighborhood. But it was just as if she had gone to the grocery store and came back. It was great to see.
Oprah was also quite surprised that Rihanna was such a good driver.
The interview will air on August 19 at 9pm.
Get a peek of the preview below: