Rihanna appears on the cover of the latest edition of “Vanity Fair” where she opens up about her tumultuous relationship with former boyfriend Chris Brown. The duo made headlines in 2009 when he nearly beat her to death, but now she is talking openly about the reasoning behind their reconciliation at the time.
On the topic of their relationship, she said, “I was that girl. That girl who felt that as much pain as this relationship is, maybe some people are built stronger than others. Maybe I’m one of those people built to handle s**t like this. You want the best for them, but if you remind them of their failures, or if you remind them of bad moments in their life, or even if you say I’m willing to put up with something, they think less of you – because they know you don’t deserve what they’re going to give. And if you put up with it, maybe you are agreeing that you [deserve] this, and that’s when I finally had to say, ‘Uh oh, I was stupid thinking I was built for this.’ Sometimes you just have to walk away.”
With regard to their short-lived reconciliation, she said, “Maybe I’m the person who’s almost the guardian angel to this person, to be there when they’re not strong enough, when they’re not understanding the world, when they just need someone to encourage them in a positive way and say the right thing.”
She also thought she could change him. She said, “A hundred percent. I was very protective of him. I felt that people didn’t understand him.”
She also talked about the white chapter president of the NAACP, Rachel Dolezal. She added, “I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit. Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to be black? Black is a great thing, and I think she legit changed people’s perspective a bit and woke people up.”