Speaking to Extra about her status as a billionaire, Rihanna admitted that it isn’t all it’s chocked up to be. In fact, Rihanna describes feeling scared of the weight the title holds. When the interviewer asked how she feels about the empire she’s built, Rihanna responded, “It’s scary. I do think about it all the time. I make it a point to think about it, because I … get scared when, you know, the pedestal comes into play and we’ll put you up there and they keep wanting to put you up there.”
Rihanna added that she doesn’t like the sensation of being put on a pedestal and would prefer to keep her feet firmly planted on the ground. “I want to feel my feet on the ground because I know it’s not going to be a fall at all if anything, right?,” the R&B singer said, explaining further that she struggles with being an icon and doesn’t want to forget who she is.
The interviewer followed up by asking how Rihanna feels about young girls looking up to her. “I think that is what makes it worth it,” Rihanna replied, explaining that sharing her inspiration and being an inspiration is what she’s worked for. When Rihanna sees her fans looking up to her, she also looks up to them in return. “And it’s mutual respect that I have because I wouldn’t be here without them,” the “Diamonds” singer stated.