"I’m afraid of feeling that again," she says of heartbreak

By jencress
July 06, 2012 01:00 PM

Camilla Akrans for Harper’s Bazaar

Rihanna is a self-proclaimed rebel in most every area of her life — except for one.

“[I’m] rebellious through my music, through my fashion, tattoos and my hair,” the superstar says in the August issue of
Harper’s Bazaar
. But she also spills: “I have been conservative in my love life … it’s pretty much nonexistent. If I come across someone who I find really cool, I’ll hang out. But the minute I find that we’re getting too close I just — I don’t let people in.”

The Barbadian beauty, who covers the magazine’s newsstand edition (left) in a white silk Calvin Klein Collection dress paired with a gold chain-linked Neil Lane bracelet, also reveals how hurt she’s felt in previous relationships.

“When I was in love, I fell so hard … The way it made me feel was priceless,” she admits. “And in a blink of an eye my whole life changed. Everything that I knew was different. I never thought I’d feel that pain in my life. I’m afraid of feeling that again.”

Although the star is cautious when it comes to matters of the heart, she’s once again proven via the magazine’s subscriber edition (below) that she’s very comfortable taking fashion risks. On the second cover she rocks a gold long-sleeve gown and knee-high snakeskin boots, both by Tom Ford.

And while it seems Rihanna is generally content (and really, who wouldn’t be in those killer snakeskin boots?!), there is something she says she’s missing. “I need a butt. I have an idea of one, but it’s not living up to its full potential right now.”

For more photos from the shoot click over to HarpersBazaar.com/Rihanna, and for the full interview, buy the August issue, on newsstands July 17.

Camilla Akrans for Harper’s Bazaar

–Jennifer Cress