Rihanna has revealed that she is “looking forward” to followers seeing her upcoming Savage x Fenty Vol 4 trend present amid backlash over her choice to star Johnny Depp in a cameo.
The singer, 34, whose newest present will premiere on Prime Video on 9 November, mirrored on the work she has put into the fourth installment in a brand new interview with People, the place she revealed that it’s the “first real thing [she’s] done” since she gave start to her and boyfriend A$AP Rocky’s son in May.
“I’m looking forward to [people seeing] it. It’s my first real thing that I’ve done since I had the baby, work-wise,” Rihanna mentioned.
According to the billionaire dressmaker, she is simply as excited for the upcoming present as earlier years as a result of she loves seeing the “new bodies, new silhouettes, new personalities, new characters, new energies”.
“I love seeing new bodies, new silhouettes, new personalities, new characters, new energies,” she mentioned. “I just enjoy seeing people celebrate their body, celebrate who they are – and they just happen to be wearing Savage. That’s exciting.”
Rihanna additionally claimed that the upcoming trend exhibition, which is able to star celebrities reminiscent of Bella Poarch, Cara Delevingne, Irina Shayk, Joan Small, and Lilly Singh, in addition to Depp, “takes the cake” compared to previous exhibits.
“This show is obnoxious,” the Fenty Beauty founder mentioned. “This one takes the cake. This is gonna be the show to beat. It is on a scale unlike anything we’ve ever done. It’s huge.”
As for what followers can count on from the present, which was filmed in Los Angeles in October, Rihanna instructed the outlet that she seems in a “Mother Nature section” and that “we’re literally in the middle of nature”.
“We lit up the mountains and forests – and we even hired snake wranglers. In the end, it is going to be so beautiful when you see it,” she mentioned.
She didn’t deal with the backlash over Depp’s involvement within the present, which has sparked requires boycotts of her Savage x Fenty model and her cosmetics model.
Depp, wearing an olive inexperienced outfit from Savage x Fenty’s males’s assortment, will seem in a “star” second throughout the 9 November trend present, however won’t stroll the runway.
The criticism over the “problematic” casting stems largely from Depp’s high-profile authorized battle with ex-wife Amber Heard over a 2018 op-ed written by the Aquaman star. The case concluded earlier this yr when a jury dominated that Heard had defamed Depp within the op-ed. Heard was ordered to pay Depp $10m (£8m) in compensatory damages and $5m (£4m) in punitive damages. The jury additionally awarded Heard $2m (£1.6m) in her counterclaim that she was defamed by certainly one of Depp’s legal professionals.
“Rihanna can’t be serious? With all these beautiful and unproblematic men in Hollywood, and Johnny Depp is the one that appeals to you the most?” one individual wrote.
Others expressed their hope that the singer would take away Depp’s cameo from the pre-recorded lingerie present following the backlash.
“I don’t think Rihanna cares about backlash but I hope it’s strong enough that her team will be like.. woah maybe this isn’t a good idea,” one individual tweeted on Thursday.
Rihanna’s feedback additionally come after she instructed the AP in an interview revealed on 7 November, however performed earlier than Depp’s cameo within the present got here to mild, that she had labored laborious to outdo final yr’s Emmy-winning Savage x Fenty Show Vol 3 present.
“It’s always challenging to beat the one before,” she mentioned. “Next year is going to actually be the main challenge because this year was such a huge scale of a show and I don’t know how we’re going to beat it, but we’re going to have to try.”
The Independent has contacted a consultant for Rihanna for remark.