Dating in havana

The reality is that the fame, the rumors—this picture means this, another picture means that—it really freaks me out.It made me back away from even wanting to attempt to date. I’m always concerned about whether people have good or bad intentions.

I would wake up the next day feeling like shit.‘When you love somebody, that’s different,” she continues. Sometimes it’s the first time I’m meeting this person—and then all of a sudden I’m ‘with them.’ It freaks me out.

“Even if you don’t love them per se, when you care enough about somebody and you know that they care about you, then you know they don’t disrespect you. This industry creates stories and environments that can make you uncomfortable even being friends with someone. I’ve had to be so conscious about people—what they say and why people want to be with me, why people want to sleep with me…. I learned the hard way.“I always see the best in people,” she says.

What makes Rihanna special—outside of the music—is that she is someone who is genuinely herself. You are seeing the authentic version of who she is. She’s gone through things that everyone’s gone through—dysfunctional relationships, things that played out in front of everyone’s eyes—and she’s done a real good job of keeping her life private, but just living her life as a young person … You have to have a tough skin in this business; you’re going to hear some things about yourself that you’re going to think, What?? I honestly think how much fun it would be to live my reputation.

People have this image of how wild and crazy I am, and I’m not everything they think of me.

S., where she lived in Stamford, Connecticut, with Rogers and his family. Jay Brown, now part of the Roc Nation team that manages her, remembers her wearing all white, with her hair pulled back off her face.

They made more demos and tried to get her a record deal. Rihanna says she wore white jeans, white boots, and a turquoise tube top from Forever 21.“I am going to do what makes me feel happy, what I feel like doing.But that would be empty for me; that to me is a hollow move.She’s wearing a white crop top, denim cutoff shorts, Puma sneakers, and a flowing Chinese-patterned robe.When she orders three half-portions of pasta dishes (spaghetti pomodoro with basil, gnocchi, and ravioli), I ask how she maintains her curvy but slim figure.But from an early age she was obsessed with music: first reggae artists Barrington Levy and Beres Hammond, then Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, and Whitney Houston.

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