"I put my guard up so hard," she said of the aftermath of her domestic violence incident with Chris Brown in 2009. I wanted them to see me as, ' I'm fine, I'm tough.' I put that up until it felt real." In 2012, Rihanna appeared to be reconnecting with Brown.
The pair worked together on the song "Birthday Cake" released that year.
1 again with another Eminem collaboration, "The Monster." Around this time Rihanna also began to do movie work, co-starring in the sci-fi flick (2015).
Known for her sexually provocative imagery and wild style, Rihanna made headlines for the sheer dress she wore to the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards ceremony in June 2014.
"When I left Barbados, I didn't look back," Rihanna recalled.
She told Winfrey that Brown may have been the love of her life and she has developed "a very close friendship" with him.
For years, it has been virtually impossible to listen to the radio or enter a dance club without hearing one of Rihanna's catchy songs.
But beyond the constant stream of hits, Rihanna has acknowledged that she is still a young woman who has experienced much adversity. It was a very vulnerable time in my life, and I refused to let that be the image.
And it’s the thing that makes me want to prove people wrong.
Singer Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born on February 20, 1988, in St.