It’s been three years since Rihanna released her eighth studio album, Anti. And though she’s been quiet musically since then, the Bad Gal has been busy acting, building her Fenty empire, and being an all-around bad b*tch.
Rihanna recently sat down with Ocean’s 8 co-star Sarah Paulson for Interview Magazine and discussed her mental health, how she juggles all of her businesses, and why she doesn’t let internet trolls get to her.
On the importance of making time for herself:
“It’s only the last couple years that I started to realize that you need to make time for yourself, because your mental health depends on it. If you’re not happy, you’re not going to be happy even doing things that you love doing. It’d feel like a chore. I never want work to feel like a chore. My career is my purpose, and it should never feel like anything other than a happy place. I’ve made little things a big deal, like going for a walk or going to the grocery store. I got into a new relationship, and it matters to me. It was like, “I need to make time for this.” Just like I nurture my businesses, I need to nurture this as well.”
On juggling all of her businesses:
“It’s the reason why an album isn’t being spat out like it used to. I used to be in the studio, only the studio, for three months straight, and an album would come out. Now, it’s like a carousel. I do fashion one day, lingerie the next, beauty the next, then music the next. It’s like having a bunch of kids and you need to take care of them all.”
On internet commenters:
“I don’t feel any way about people’s comments. I remember being a kid and being like, “Wow! I’m in a chat room. I can say whatever I want. They don’t know how old I am. They don’t know who I am, or where I am.” There’s that idea of being a child behind a screen and having that feeling like you can say anything. That child is who I imagine behind a comment every time I see one. They would never say that to my face. They probably wouldn’t even say hello.”
Read the full interview HERE.