In an upcoming issue of Vanity Fair magazine due out on October 13th, Rihanna spoke very candidly about her image, her relationship with Chris Brown, and talked about Rachel Dolezal.
In June of this year, Dolezal made headlines when her biological parents (who are white) came out and said that their daughter was lying about being black. Dolezal is a former president of the N.A.A.C.P. chapter in Spokane, Washington. For years, Dolezal claimed she was black and even claimed random people as her African American dad, and an African American son. Dolezal did apologize, but continues to say that this is not an act. Dolezal identifies as African American, and has since she was younger before she could identify with color. Dolezal and is currently pregnant.
“I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit,” Rihanna stated. “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.”
Rihanna's comment had twitter spinning, and of course some funny and serious tweets came out of it.
Rihanna also talked about always being the poster face for domestic abuse and Brown and getting together with him for a second time.
“I was that girl,” she states, “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 shit like this. 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.”
"So, she thought she could change him?" the reporter asked. “A hundred percent." Rihanna exclaimed. "I was very protective of him. I felt that people didn’t understand him. Even after … But you know, you realize after a while that in that situation you’re the enemy. 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.” Now, she says, “I don’t hate him. I will care about him until the day I die. We’re not friends, but it’s not like we’re enemies. We don’t have much of a relationship now.”