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Rihanna is VOGUE's cover girl this June and the magazine has just unveiled its intimate interview along with photos from the shoot. In a chat with Chioma Nnadi—who reveals RiRi's plans to make a reggae album—the singer also gets candid about her love life, friendship with Drake, turning 30, and more.
ON BALANCING WORK & HER RELATIONSHIP: I used to feel guilty about taking personal time, but I also think I never met someone who was worth it before. Even mentally, just to be away from my phone, to be in the moment, that has been key for my growth. Now, when I come to work, I'm all in. Because before you know it, the years will go by. I'm glad I'm taking the time. I'm happy.
ON AGING: OK, so now that I'm 30, are there things I'm supposed to do? Should I be worried? Should I be freezing my eggs? What do you do at 30?!"
ON HER BODY: You've just got to laugh at yourself, honestly. I mean, I know when I'm having a fat day and when I've lost weight. I accept all of the bodies. I'm not built like a Victoria's Secret girl, and I still feel very beautiful and confident in my lingerie.
ON BEING A ROLE MODEL: That title was put on me when I was just finding my way, making mistakes in front of the world. I didn't think it was fair. Now I understand the concept, but at that time I was the same age as the girls who were looking up to me. And that's a really hard place to be in as a teenager.
ON DRAKE'S INFAMOUS VMA SPEECH & THEIR FRIENDSHIP: The VMAs is such a fan-focused awards show, so having that energy around me, and knowing the people who had received the award in the past, made it feel like a big deal. Waiting through that speech was probably the most uncomfortable part. I don't like too many compliments; I don't like to be put on blast. We don't have a friendship now, but we're not enemies either. It is what it is."