‘Have Fun, But You Have To Be Responsible:’ Rihanna Discusses The Impact Of HIV & AIDS On America’s Youth With Robin Roberts

January 29, 2014  |  

This morning Rihanna dropped by the set of “Good Morning America” to chat with Robin Roberts about her latest HIV and AIDS initiative with MAC Cosmetics. The “Unapologetic” singer also dished on her recent Grammy win and how it feels to be referred to as an icon. Check out her interview highlights below.

On her latest Grammy win:

“I was so shocked. I was at home and one of my friends hit me like, “You just won a Grammy.” I was like, “What?” Then when I went on the Internet I just saw ‘Unapologetic.’ It was an emotional moment surprisingly. I was in shock. I was excited. It’s a good feeling to still be that excited.”

Oh her latest HIV awareness initiative:

“I’m now extending my role with MAC from creative partner to philanthropic partner with the Viva Glam campaign. It’s an iconic campaign that has been around for a few years. Buying the lipstick really is the most important part of this. 100% of every penny you spend on the lipstick or the lip glass goes to the MAC AIDS Fund. Our goal is to raise $40 million—the Viva Glam Rihanna campaign. The MAC AIDS Fund will be donating $2 million to the UN AIDS, which is a global organization that focuses on youth prevention of HIV and AIDS.”

On the impact of HIV and AIDS on America’s youth:

“The youth is a little more naive to the realities of the disease and how big it really is, how much of an epidemic it really is—amongst young people specifically. HIV and AIDS have been around for as long as I’ve been alive and now more than half of the new infections are people under 24 years old and younger. So it’s really scary. It’s around.

The thing about MAC, as a brand, is that they really love and embrace. They don’t judge. They’re not here to say be perfect, as well as myself. I want you to have fun, but you have to be responsible. You have to be safe. Protect yourself. You have to look out for yourself because nobody else can do that for you. It’s a real disease and if we can just protect ourselves, and be more responsible about it. I think that’s important for young people.”

On receiving the ICON Award from her mother at the American Music Awards:

“It’s a very surreal feeling. It’s almost like I can’t touch it. My mom, she’s so cute. It was one of those moments where I felt like I was dreaming. It still doesn’t feel real because I feel like I have so much more to do. ‘Icon’ is such a big title. It’s such a big thing to say or even hear being said about myself. So now the pressure is on. I have to live up to that and keep making my fans proud.”

On if she’ll be coming out with new music:

“Music is what I love to do. You’ll never have to worry about me not doing that. I love making it.”

Watch her full interview on the next page.

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