The 'Where Have You Been' singer admitted that while she longs for love, she finds it difficult to let romantic partners get too close to her as she is afraid of being hurt.
"[I'm rebellious through my music, through my fashion, tattoos, and my hair. 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," Rihanna explained in a new interview with Harper's Bazaar.
"When I was in love, I fell so hard… The way it made me feel was priceless. 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."
The 24-year-old also spoke out on her recent controversial remix of 'Birthday Cake' with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, defending the collaboration against critics.
"The fans could have said, 'We don't want anything to do with it'. I understood that people had every right to be concerned about it. But I didn't see it that way because I'm in a different place," she explained.
Rihanna's father Ronald Fenty recently voiced his support for his daughter's relationship with Brown, describing them as "the perfect couple".
Watch Rihanna's video for 'Where Have You Been' below: