While we were just fawning over one particular R&B diva last week for showing off what her mother gave her, you can now enjoy seven issues of Rihanna continuing to showcase what her own momma gave her, which has helped her stay on the cover of damn near every magazine and on top of the world. To honor her seven successful albums, including the last one, Unapologetic, which went number one, the singer graced seven covers of the same February/March issue dressed in the look she rocked for each release.
While the covers were a whole lot of fierce, the most interesting aspect of her work with Complex this time around, which included her taking Polaroid-like images of herself in risque poses, was the interview–or lack thereof. The cover story didn’t really paint the singer in the best of light, and there were very few straight quotes from her. Instead, the article discussed the behind-the-scenes chaos of her controversial “777” tour that allegedly held media folks trapped on a plane, dehydrated and without any new insight on her; why she’s more available to her “Navy” and down-to-earth than Bey and her stans; her love of taking near-“nekkid” pics, and the tumultuous relationship she’s had with Chris Brown. There was even an awkward exchange between the singer and the writer of the cover story, when she was asked why she keeps claiming the relationship between Chris Brown and herself is “nobody’s business,” but writes a song about it. It ends the article with an interesting amount of shade:
Before leaving the restaurant for the airport, Rihanna addresses one last question. It’s the biggest question surrounding the song: If her relationship with Brown is truly nobody’s business, then why make a record about it?
Her voice, usually warm and cut with chuckles, turns cold. “Pardon me?” she replies, her eyebrow slightly raised. Even after the question is repeated, she hesitates to answer. The hands that moved up and down throughout the conversation, suddenly fall flat. “It’s the truth. Remember?” she says, turning toward the other side of the table to gather her belongings. As she gets up to leave, she adds: “It’s a fun record that The-Dream wrote and we loved the lyrics. You’re still asking me questions about it so clearly you don’t know.”
Maybe she doesn’t know either.
Ouch. I think after posting pics of yourself and a man hugged up together, in bed, and flexing at the haters, it’s a question that begs an answer. But hey, she’s unapologetic right? So she doesn’t have to do anything but strike a mean pose and look fabulous for magazine spreads like this one. Check out the six other covers on the next page (the one up top pays homage to her debut album) and let us know which one is your favorite! Also, read the article in its entirety at Complex.com.