Global superstar Rihanna reveals her plans for a sun-drenched festive bash on the beach and tells us what she has learned during the pandemic
While this year has been one of the hardest yet for most of us, not even A-listers are immune to the impact of the pandemic.
Rihanna maybe a superstar with a net worth of more £450 million and eight Grammy awards under her belt, but the singer, 32, spent her time just like the rest of us – baking and bingeing on box sets.
“I love what I do – but I am always busy and quarantine gave me the time to do things I wouldn’t always have been able to do – watch an entire box set in a day, cook, go for walk. It’s important we do little things we enjoy and are kind to ourselves,” the pop star exclusively tells Closer.
And, after spending so much time cooking up a storm in her kitchen, it has been revealed that the singer is planning her own cookbook, full of her favourite Caribbean recipes.
Rihanna – who split from billionaire Hassan Jameel in January and has been linked to rapper A$AP Rocky this year – reveals how she “loves food from my Barbadian roots and eats a lot of fresh fish,” previously admitting she also hankers after comfort food and drink like “mac ’n’ cheese, Shepherd’s pie and rum punch”.
If planning a cookbook wasn’t enough, Rihanna also launched a skincare line to complement her ever-growing Fenty brand last month and, while she hasn’t released a record since her top-selling Anti album at the start of 2016, the best-selling artist has assured fans she’s “always working on my music”.
In the meantime, Rihanna says a break from her hectic schedule has forced her to be “still” and focus on the simple things.
She adds, “At first it was strange because I am not used to being still – but during quarantine you have no choice but to be still. Then you start to realise during lockdown you are stuck there with your own thoughts and your imagination and it really helped my creativity blossom.”
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Being kind to ourselves and looking after our health has been more vital than ever before, and self-love is a sentiment Rihanna is keen for women to share.
Her Savage X Fenty catwalk show, showcasing her new lingerie collection, premiered on Amazon Prime last month, and the seriously sexy show was praised for its inclusivity and diversity.
“Diversity is about so much more than colour. As women, we are different shapes, we are different sizes and inclusivity is so important we don’t want anybody feeling left out. Diversity is something that should be celebrated and I hope that is what we are doing,” she says.
“Feeling comfortable in your own skin is a journey. We all have to learn self-love. If we really think about it, I am sure we can all find flaws with our body – but when we really learn to love ourselves, then we end up embracing our flaws.”
Rihanna is also keen to emphasize her focus on looking after herself, adding, “On a day-to-day basis I will eat well – but, at the same time, I won’t deprive myself. If I want a cheeseburger, then I am going to have one. I will exercise three or four times a week as well – feeling healthy is important to me.”
But she’ll be ditching cheeseburgers this Christmas, as Rihanna is hoping for a chance to indulge in her favourite Caribbean dishes as she plans to head to her family home on the island – revealing how her favourite festive pastime is decking the tree.
“I will always spend Christmas in Barbados and hopefully this year that’s possible. It’s important to be with friends and family – but I feel at such peace when I am there. It is the most beautiful place, with incredible, beaches, food and people,” she says.
“It’s kind of a cliché, but there is just something I love about decorating the tree. It’s just one of those traditions where you can declare Christmas has started as soon as the tree goes up.”
And describing New Year’s Eve as a day for “partying”, Rihanna knows this year could be more of a quiet affair.
“I always remember New Years I have had in both London and New York, which are two cities I have so much love for and always have so much fun in,” she reminisces.
But not letting the uncertainty dampen her spirits, the fashion and pop idol plans to take on 2021 with a renewed ambition.
She says, “2021 is a little unknown for everybody and nobody is sure what restrictions there are going to be. My creativity is within my control though, and I want to take my music and my brands to a different level.”