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Rihanna has given her first interview since being named the richest female musician in the world by Forbes.  The 31-year-old Barbadian spoke to her Ocean’s 8 co-star, Sarah Paulson for Interview Magazine about how she balances 9 Grammy Awards, 10 fragrances, a flourishing beauty and lingerie businesses, on top of a new ready-to-wear LVMH line.

Thanks to the obvious raport and shared history and frienship between the two, Paulson’s interview quickly moves past the Rihanna’s record-smashing list of achievements to reveal the her shy side as well as her newfound focus on “the little things.”

The actress spoke to her about dating Saudi businessman, Hassan Jameel, her morning routine and her “Navy” fanbase. Read through the best and most revealing answers Rihanna gave below.

On work/life balance

“It’s only the last couple years that I started to realize that you need to make time for yourself because your mental health depends on it. If you’re not happy, you’re not going to be happy even doing things that you love doing. It’d feel like a chore. I never want work to feel like a chore. My career is my purpose, and it should never feel like anything other than a happy place. ”

On her work-flow

“I will work all day in a meeting, leave that meeting at 1 or 2am, and then come home with a tiny group of staff and work until 5, 7am…I don’t have a sleep pattern. I have sleep pockets. I fit it in when I can….It’s the reason why an album isn’t being spat out like it used to. I used to be in the studio, only the studio, for three months straight, and an album would come out. Now, it’s like a carousel. I do fashion one day, lingerie the next, beauty the next, then music the next. It’s like having a bunch of kids and you need to take care of them all.”

On the next album

“It really does suck that it can’t just come out, because I’m working on a really fun one right now. I’m really happy with a lot of the material we have so far, but I am not going to put it out until it’s complete. It makes no sense to rush it, but I want it out. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m like, ‘Even if I don’t have the time to shoot videos, I’m going to put an album out.’”

On criticism

“I’ve always had pretty tough skin—even as a little girl, which was completely due to my parents. They never sheltered me in any way. They would tease me, and I would tease them right back. By the time I got to school, I always had this feeling like the kids were stupid. Maybe that was god’s way of preparing me for what my life was going to be like.”

On her fans

“My fans are persistent, they’re loyal, they’re protective, they’re defensive, they’re fun. To be completely honest, the thing that makes my fans different from other fans is me.”

On being shy

“People don’t know that I’m shy… Because I kind of pretend it’s not happening, people read me as being confident. But I’m so shy I don’t even want you to know I’m shy.”

On who she’s dating

“Google it.”

On whether she’s in love

“Of course.”

On the first thing she does in the morning.

“Pray… Unless I have to pee or something. I always want to start my day with a little devotion. I buy these devotion books and they’re dated, so you just pull up the date and that devotion is for that day.”

On questioning her faith.

“Not my faith, but I have been in a place where I felt like maybe I had disappointed god so much that we weren’t as close. Actually, that happened to me while I was making Anti. That was a really hard time, but, thank god, I got through it.”

On this episode of The Dropcast, we are joined by A$AP Twelvyy, where talks about some of his upcoming musical projects and a few of the new influences he hopes to bring to the table, as well as his brand. Enjoy.

Weekend Staff Writer

Isabelle is an Australian writer based in Berlin.

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