Rihanna had a great cover shoot for Esquire Magazine’s June 2012 Issue which was released last week, but things took a spiral downhill after the editor made her defensive by asking Rihanna why she decided to collaborate with Chris. The interviewer also pointed out that people’s reactions to the ‘Birthday Cake’ remix may not have been as negative if Chris wasn’t talking about screwing Rihanna’s brains out in the opening line. The interviewer’s point was that Rihanna was sending mixed messages by singing about domestic violence in ‘Love The Way You Lie’ with Eminem before decided to do a track with her abuser on ‘Birthday Cake’.
Rihanna definitely snapped after that:
That’s how f-cked up society is. There’s a lot of sh-t y’all can’t get over. Y’all holding your breath on a lot of stuff that doesn’t matter. When you realize who you live for, and who’s important to please, a lot of people will actually start living. I am never going to get caught up in that. I’m gonna look back on my life and say that I enjoyed it – and I lived it for me- and God. This is turning into a tacky interview. What do you really want to talk about? I’m not here to [talk] about messy shit.
The interview was pretty intense. Check out the transcript below:
Esquire: What has been the Twitter response to the Chris Brown remixes?
Rihanna: Some love it, some hate it, some love it but hate that we did it. But the response in the end has been incredible.
Esquire: Was that [the recording session] the first time you’d seen him in a while?
Rihanna: When would we have seen each other? We’ve both been working and touring. [changes the subject]. This is really good food.
Esquire: It proved quite a controversial thing.
Rihanna: Well…definitely. Definitely. It caught me a little off-guard to be honest…especially the amount of…negative attention. Because it never occurred to me how this was a problem, you know. It really didn’t.
Esquire: Because enough time had passed that it was OK?
Rihanna: I thought people were gonna be surprised that we finally did a record together, but I didn’t see how people could think it was a bad thing, you know? In my mind, it was just music.
Esquire: Some people felt it sent the wrong message.