Rihanna, all red-haired and tattooed and much different after being the object of abuse by former boyfriend Chris Brown, has settled on down with her athlete boyfriend, Matt Kemp, and dishes on all sorts of stuff for the December issue of Marie Claire magazine, and claims that she’s so much happier now than she’s been in the past.
On rationalizing the whole abuse thing with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown:
“God has a crazy way of working, and sometimes when stuff happens you feel like, ‘What did I do to deserve this?’ Why was it backfiring on me? I was very lost. I have to say I felt really confused. I hate talking about it but it was really crazy because I felt so out of touch with myself and when that happens.’”
On losing herself and healing after the Brown incident:
“It’s scary because nothing you say or do feels like it’s you … [Rihanna says through tears.] You just lose touch of everything that you love and everything that you would normally do; how you would dress or how you would say something.”
On her current happiness with her new life and her boyfriend, baller Matt Kemp:
“I feel like I smile for real this time. The smiles come from inside, and it exudes in everything I do. People feel my energy is different. When I smile they can tell that it’s pure bliss and not just a cover up.”
I’m glad that Rihanna, clearly a super-talented performer and strong woman through and through, can be such an example of a life starting over and reinventing itself, because hell … we all have to once in awhile, don’t we?