“I Just Couldn’t Be a Sellout”

Much like her mentor Jay-Z, Rihanna mentioned no to the Super Bowl final 12 months … and now she’s confirming the studies that she declined a suggestion to carry out in assist of Colin Kaepernick.

In her cowl story interview for Vogue journal’s November 2019 problem, Rihanna was requested about her resolution to not carry out the Super Bowl halftime present.

Here’s an excerpt (through

I ask Rihanna if we are able to talk about politics. “How deep you wanna get?” she says. “However deep you’re willing to go,” I say.

She indicators that I’ll proceed, and I ask if it’s true that she turned down the Super Bowl halftime present in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.

“Absolutely,” she says. “I couldn’t dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.”

There you’ve gotten it. Rihanna is undoubtedly with Kap!

Politics apart, Rihanna additionally talked about her extremely anticipated forthcoming album, which might be her first undertaking since 2016’s Anti.

“I have been trying to get back into the studio,” she mentioned. “It’s not like I can lock myself in for an extended amount of time, like I had the luxury of doing before. I know I have some very unhappy fans who don’t understand the inside bits of how it works.”

Rihanna described her subsequent, at present untitled album, which the Navy (her followers) are calling “R9” for now (it is going to be her ninth) as “reggae-inspired or reggae-infused.”

“It’s not gonna be typical of what you know as reggae. But you’re going to feel the elements in all of the tracks,” she mentioned.

“It doesn’t matter how far or long removed I am from that culture, or my environment that I grew up in; it never leaves. It’s always the same high,” she added.

“Even though I’ve explored other genres of music, it was time to go back to something that I haven’t really homed in on completely for a body of work.”

Rihanna refused to present a doable launch date when requested, and with good motive. Her followers are “scary,” as she put it in her personal phrases.

When I ask about a launch date, Rihanna’s face morphs into a grimace, equal elements amusement and terror.

“No, oh my God, they’re gonna kill you for that” she exclaims. “And they’re going to kill me more!”

It is so unusual to see @badgalriri exhibit any form of emotion categorizable as worry that for a second I’ve no clue who she’s speaking about. Wait—Vogue? Your file firm? The worldwide reggae police?

“I’m talking the Navy—my scary fans,” Rihanna clarifies. “But they’ve earned it,” she is fast so as to add. “They got me here.”

Rihanna is a very busy lady lately with a number of companies (Her Fenty model alone is POPPIN’ POPPIN’), and followers fear that music has turn into an afterthought for her.

But they needn’t fear, Rihanna says.

Does any a part of Rihanna foresee a day when she would possibly resolve that, actually, there will likely be no extra music?

“Oh, nooo,” she says. “Music is, like, talking in code to the world, the place they get it. It’s the bizarre language that connects me to them. Me the designer, me the lady who creates make-up and lingerie—it began with music.

“It was my first pen pal–ship to the world. To lower that off is to chop my communication off. All of those different issues flourish on high of that basis.”

You can learn the remainder of Rihanna’s interview at

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