Rihanna: Rachel Dolezal Is “Bit Of A Hero”

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Rihanna comes out in support of Rachel Dolezal in her Vanity Fair cover story.

As Gossip Cop reported, the singer graces the cover of the magazine’s November issue, talking at length about her personal life. She also discusses being a fan of LeBron James and her admiration for collaborator Eminem. And then there’s Dolezal, the former NAACP leader who resigned earlier this year after it was revealed she lied about her race and passed herself off as black when she actually white.

Rihanna now says to Vanity Fair, “I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit. Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to be black? Black is a great thing, and I think she legit changed people’s perspective a bit and woke people up.”

The singer may be in the minority with her opinion, as many other stars ripped Dolezal during the height of the controversy. But Rihanna knows a thing or two about being judged based on misconceptions. “I honestly think how much fun it would be to live my reputation,” she tells the magazine.

Rihanna explains, “People have this image of how wild and crazy I am, and I’m not everything they think of me. 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. It’s become second nature for me to just close that door and just be okay. with that. I’m always concerned about whether people have good or bad intentions.”

Jay Z even offers his own take on his protégé, saying:

“What makes Rihanna special — outside of the music — is that she is someone who is genuinely herself. People connect with her. You are seeing the authentic version of who she is. You can see her scars and her flaws… 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… unapologetically. 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?? Are you crazy?”

Rihanna also admits to being fearful of her level of fame. “It all looks very glittery and blinged out, but it’s way too scary and unrealistic,” she insists. “There’s a long way to fall when you pretend that you’re so far away from the earth, far away from reality, floating in a bubble that’s protected by fame or success. It’s scary, and it’s the thing I fear the most: to be swallowed up by that bubble. It can be poison to you, fame.”

She goes on to confess, “This is scary and sad all at the same time. I literally dream about buying my own groceries. Swear to God. Because it is something that is real and normal. Something that can keep you a little bit uncomfortable.” Rihanna explains she wants to feel discomfort “because life is not perfect, and the minute you feel it’s perfect, it’s not real.”

“Artists sign a deal to make music; we didn’t sign to be perfect, or to be role models. We’re all flawed human beings who are learning and growing and evolving and going through the same bullshit as everybody else,” continues Rihanna. “The fact that people expect the day we sign we’re supposed to be perfect does not make any f*cking sense to me. Even tragedy, every trial in your life, is a test. It’s like a class — you take an exam, and if you pass, you move on to the next. You still have to take another test and prove yourself again.”

Something tells us Dolezal can probably relate. TELL US: What do you think of Rihanna’s comments?


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