On the cover of the Rolling Stone - Rihanna
On the cover of the Rolling Stone - Rihanna

The new issue of Rolling Stone features a deep interview with Rihanna in which she talks about her difficult upbringing, the endless rumors about her relationships and why she agreed to let a judge ease the restraining order against Chris Brown. “That’s my decision,” she says. “It doesn’t mean we’re gonna make up, or even talk again. It just means I didn’t want to object to the judge.”

“We don’t have to talk ever again in my life,” she says. “I just didn’t want to make it more difficult for him professionally. What he did was a personal thing – it had nothing to do with his career. Saying he has to be a hundred feet away from me, he can’t perform at awards shows – that definitely made it difficult for him.”

“I put my guard up so hard. I didn’t want people to see me cry,” Rihanna says regarding the aftermath of the Brown incident. “I didn’t want people to feel bad for me. It was a very vulnerable time in my life, and I refused to let that be the image. I wanted them to see me as, ‘I’m fine, I’m tough.’ I put that up until it felt real.”

On S&M being semi-autobiographical, Rihanna says, “Being submissive in the bedroom is really fun. You get to be a little lady, to have somebody be macho and in charge of your s**t. That’s fun to me…I like to be spanked.”

On sexting, Rihanna tells Rolling Stone, “When you’re not with the person you want to be intimate with, a picture is the next best thing. Well, Skype is safer. But a picture lasts a long time. When you’re alone, and those horny moments come up, pictures can be very handy.”

The Rolling Stone issue hits newsstands this Friday.

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