To commemorate Rihanna’s seventh album, Unapologetic, she will graces seven covers of the next issue, inspired by each album, for the Feb/Mar issue of Complex. Below is an excerpt from the cover story.
Rihanna considers the album’s first single, “Diamonds,” one of her favorite songs since “Umbrella” because of the way it makes her feel. “It was so inspiring and uplifting,” she says. “It was giving me hope, that song. I was tired of angry love songs. Love doesn’t always have to be about breakups, and ‘We’re never going to be together again.’ It could be sweet. It could be, ‘Hell yeah! We’re diamonds!’” Curiously, the video features a heavily tattooed arm that bears a striking resemblance to Chris Brown’s.