With a number of awards behind her, countless chart topping hits and now a successful acting career, life is good for Rihanna. But, on The Jonathan Ross Show this week, Rihanna admits that something is missing – a partner to share her experiences with.
“I’m not looking but single life is so overrated. It sucks,” admits Rihanna. “I have such incredible experiences in my life. You don’t want to live your life and then meet someone; you want to share your life with someone. That’s what I’m missing right now,” she continues. “I’d love to date somebody cool, fun, funny.”
When asked about this year’s Brit Awards, Rihanna confesses that she spent the night stalking British star Adele.
“I came to the Brits just to stalk Adele,” she laughs. “It really was nothing about me, the Brits or the performance – it was to see Adele again. I saw her at the Grammys and I love her. I’m a big fan,” she says excitedly. “I tried to party with her and it didn’t work out,” Rihanna adds. “Her last album 21 spoke to me so much, it was so personal to her but I feel like everyone in the world identified with it, to the point that I had to stop listing because it was depressing me so much. If you identify with it sometimes you don’t want to hear about it.”
Rhianna tells Jonathan about being caught naked in a field by a farmer, whilst shooting her music video in Ireland for her single We Found Love.
“The director Melina and I are both crazy and that’s why we work so well together, but we have no way of reeling each other in,” she explains. “We just go for it all the way,” she adds. “The farmer came and got us off his land. It was okay though, we got the shot, so it was fine! He was nice about it.”
When Jonathan quizzes Rihanna for details, she admits, “It was a quick run in the field and a drop in the grass so no-one could see you, but he (the farmer) was already there.”
When asked whether she tries to be sexy, or whether that’s just the way she is, Rihanna explains:
“I don’t notice it, or think about it, until the feedback. But going back to carnivals in Barbados this year I notice it’s a cultural thing. It’s the way we move.” She continues, “I’ve come to a place where I’ve earned the right to be okay with my artistry. You have to accept not everyone is going to interpret it the way you do. I always stay true to the message in the song. The message that I’m trying to get over with the visual. A lot of the time the music videos are banned, but you can’t let your art suffer for that. You have to accept people have their own standards.”
Jonathan asks Rihanna about her famous tube ride to one of her concerts.
“There’s so much traffic. It’s an hour and a half to the O2 but it’s 10-15 minutes on the tube,” explains Rihanna. “Me and my fans went to the concert together. That was the coolest part. I enjoyed it. I’m not afraid of interacting with people,” she adds.
“Have you got an oyster card?,” asks Jonathan. “I’m working on it,” Rihanna laughs.
Music legend Lionel Richie also chats to Jonathan this week and talks about being a family man and the change in his daughter Nicole since she has become a mother. When Jonathan suggests she was a bit of a handful, Lionel laughs, “She was not a handful, she was a full grown gorilla.” He continues, “Now I have the joke with Miles and Sofia where every time they try something I say ‘your sister already did that’.”
Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton tell Jonathan about their new theatre show Sweeny Todd, and Michael confesses that he is obsessed with showbiz traditions.
“If I’m in a theatre and hear someone whistling I react to it,” Michael admits. “I was sharing a dressing room with Antonio Bandaras and he started whistling. I told him ‘you have to go out, turn around three times, spit, swear, knock and ask to be let back in’. He did it eight times and finally he said ‘I go’. Then Melanie Griffiths came in, she started and he kicked her out!”
Imelda is married to Jim Carter, now best known as Carson the butler in Downton Abbey.
“Does her ever wear the butler outfit at home for you?” asks Jonathan. “Yes, just the top half,” she jokes. “Seriously?” pushes Jonathan. “No there’s no service whatsoever at home, none at all!” admits Imelda.