|Photograph by Russell James|
In the November issue of Esquire Magazine , which will hit stand on October 16, Rihanna pose tastefully "Nude" for the cover.
In the issue she talks about her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. "It's incredible to see how he pulled out of it the way he did. Even when the world seemed like it was against him, you know? I really like the music he's putting out. I'm a fan of his stuff. I've always been a fan. Obviously, I had some resentment toward him for a while, for obvious reasons. But I've put that behind me. It was taking up too much of my time. It was too much anger. I'm really excited to see the breakthrough he's had in his career. I would never wish anything horrible for him. Never. I never have."
She also spoke about how she felt about the people of her native country Barbados.
Early on in your career, you used the word hate a lot when describing the way the people of Barbados responded to your success.
"I grew to realize that that hate was just pride. I realized that it's a part of our culture. I'm always representing Barbados. All over the world, no matter what I was doing, no matter what I achieved, no matter what award it was, I always shouted them out. So, I started making them feel like, "This is our girl. If people in the UK could get this excited about her, what's wrong with us?"
About her love for her Country and the place she grew up "Kensington Oval"
"I travel everywhere in the world and nothing feels like this place. And it all started two streets over from this oval where I grew up, where I was raised, right there in Westbury — singing in the shower, annoying my neighbors"
Rihanna on the topic of "sex"
At the end of a concert, I don't feel like I've been this sexy thing. Really, I don't even think about it.
Unless it's a song that really calls for it, like "Skin" or "S&M," or when I cover "Darling Nikki." There's a section that's called "Sex" in the show, which is the obvious section for sexuality.
Like, really? Honestly, even if it comes across sexual — it has to be a part of my subconscious thought. It's never deliberate in the rest of the show. I don't even really... I could see "What's My Name?" — the dancing is pretty sexy. "Rude Boy." But I don't know. I guess people find different things sexy.