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Oprah continues her venture to gain a younger and celebrity-obsessed audience by interviewing the hottest of the hot celebrities right now. Recently, it was the entire Kardashian family, and now it’s Rihanna’s turn. Oprah traveled with Rihanna to the 24-year-old singer’s hometown in Barbados to conduct the interview, likely hoping the hometown feel would help open Rihanna up and provide some excellent interview fodder. It appears to have worked, and Oprah got what she wanted.
A recently released trailer for the interview includes Oprah admitted she had pre-conceived notions of what Rihanna would be like.
“I went there with my own ideas of who she was by watching the videos and listening to her music,” Oprah said. “I thought she was going to be kind of a badass, kind of a hard-edged rocker/pop woman … Nothing could have been further from the truth.”
The clip goes on with Oprah describing Rihanna as “thoughtful,” “emotional,” and “vulnerable” over images of the two women goofing around and giggling like schoolgirls as they chow down on snacks in the kitchen, drive around the streets of Barbados in Rihanna’s Jeep, and interact with Rihanna’s neighbors, who waved, chatted, and hugged her like an old friend, unaffected by the fact that she is a mega-celebrity in many other countries.
“It wasn't like a big superstar, megastar, pop star had arrived in the neighborhood, it was just run in as though she had gone to the grocery store and came back,” Oprah says on the trailer.
Since they seemed to be getting along so well, Oprah even felt daring enough to ask about Rihanna’s infamous relationship with her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, who became the singer’s ex after brutally beating her up in 2009.
The clip shows Rihanna immediately tearing up at the thought of Brown, and she admitted, “It was embarrassing. It was humiliating. I lost my best friend. I was resentful. I held a grudge. I was dark.”
Although the romantic aspect of their relationship is gone (thankfully and smartly), it appears that Rihanna and Brown have repaired their professional relationship and even their friendship, to some degree, as they collaborated on two songs at the beginning of the year, and Brown tweeted his condolences to the singer when her grandmother passed away earlier this summer.
If your interest has been piqued to see what else Oprah pries out of Rihanna, you don’t have to wait long; the full interview airs August