Rihanna Elle April 2013

Rihanna covers the April 2013 cover of Elle UK wearing a mixture of high-end designer pieces and her River Island Spring 2013 collection.

Mariano Vivanco captures the fashion-and-music rebel on two covers wearing black River Island skirts: one paired with a Louis Vuitton chequered top; the other with a Louis Vuitton striped bra with a Prada stole.

The rest of her editorial sees her wearing Maison Martin Margiela, Louis Vuitton and Givenchy.

In her interview Rihanna comes clean about her tempestuous relationship with singer Chris Brown, sharing her private thoughts on why she went back to her ex-partner, her mother’s disapproval and her hopes for her future – including plans to start a family.

The hit-making singer, best known for her rebellious attitude and fierce style, also talks about her unique brand of feminism, her attempts to be authentic and why she feels compelled to share so much of her life through social media.

Here are some extracts from her interview.

On Chris Brown being the person she loves: “Stay [new single] is a story about having love that close and wanting it to last forever. You don’t have that feeling with everybody so when you have it you don’t want to let go of it. I would definitely say that he [Chris Brown] is the one I have that kind of relationship with.”

On wanting a great friendship with Chris Brown above all else: “…right now that’s just what we want, a great friendship that’s unbreakable. Now that we’re adults we can do this right. We got a fresh start and I’m thankful for that.”

On why she got her gun tattoo and telling the truth: ‘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. That’s when I got the gun. It was a symbol of strength. I’ll never be a victim. That’s why I’m posting pictures of myself smoking pot, to tell the truth about myself. I’ve got so much to think about, why bring all this extra s*** by being dishonest?’

On where she’d like to be in five years time: “I will probably have a kid. And I’m praying I can go on vacation for a good month. And I’ll have set some things up so I don’t have to tour for the rest of my life, even though I love touring. I want health and happiness in five years. I want to be healthy and happy.”

On her love of high street fashion and her new collection for River Island: “High-street shops pay more attention to the kids on the street than to the runways, so in a way I like to mix both. I love a high-end bag or jacket with a simple dress. I just thought, I’m going to make something for everybody – every personality, every body type.”

On loving posting pictures of herself and her life on Instagram: “Well I instagram everything about my life, whether it’s smoking pot, in a strip club, reading a Bible verse – how crazy, I know! – or hanging out with my best friend, who happens to be Chris”.

On her mum disapproving of her naked pictures on Instagram: “I’m not afraid of any person in this world but her. I’m terrified of her! She called me two days ago and reeled me in about two naked pictures Melissa [her best friend] put up on Instagram – a sneak-peek from a photo book she’s making about me. My mom, she went crazy on me. I was like embarrassed. I felt like I got my ass whupped in front of my class in school! She said, ‘This was like a private moment and you’re just parading this around.” She humbled the f*** out of me.’

Credit: Elle UK