Rihanna on Elle U.K.'s April 2013 cover (Mariano Vivanco/Elle U.K.)
Rihanna in Elle U.K.'s April 2013 issue (Mariano Vivanco/Elle U.K.)
Think what you’d like about Rihanna’s horrible Grammys weekend of 2009 … but she’s moved on completely from that dark period in her life. And in a very candid new interview with Elle U.K., the “Stay” singer is opening up about how she feels more empowered than ever right now.
In new photos for the mag shot in Paris by Mariano Vivanco, Rihanna prominently displays the gun tattoo that she inked on the right side of her torso just months after she was beaten up by boyfriend Chris Brown. "Everybody wanted to know what was happening in my life. Is she a drug addict? No. Is she an alcoholic? No. Is she a victim? No," she tells the mag. "That's why I got the gun. It was a symbol of strength. I'll never be a victim."
Rihanna's foot tattoo (Instagram)
Rihanna talks with Elle U.K. reporter Mark Allen about how this period in her life feels like a “fresh start” with Brown, and goes on to say that in five years, she sees herself with a child … which we can only assume she’d want with her “Don’t Wake Me Up” singer beau.
"I will probably have a kid," she tells the mag. "Right now, that's just what we want, a great friendship, that's unbreakable," she continues. "Now that we're adults we can do this right. We got a fresh start and we're thankful for that."
Rihanna on Elle U.K. (Mariano Vivanco/Elle U.K.)
Rihanna in Elle U.K. (Mariano Vivanco/Elle U.K.)
Elle U.K.’s spread shows off RiRi’s spring/summer 2013 River Island fashion collection – her first ever -- which she premiered recently at London Fashion Week. On one cover, she dons a black, zip-through River Island skirt paired with a Louis Vuitton monochrome top. And on the other, a striped bra from the same collection peeking out from Prada’s silk and satin stole
The April issue of Elle U.K. hits newsstands on Wednesday, March 6.
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