Rihanna ‘Felt Stifled’ By Def Jam’s Pop-Princess Blueprint

'They had a brand, they had an idea of what they wanted me to be without figuring out who I was and then working with that,' singer said on 'Oprah's Next Chapter.'

Rihanna wasn’t always a rebel, it’s something that the Rated R singer developed over time. “I guess it started off really claustrophobic,” the pop princess told Oprah Winfrey on her “Next Chapter,” which aired Sunday night (August 19).

During her sit down with the media queen in her native Barbados, Rihanna opened up about her road to stardom and the hardships she had to overcome. Her volatile relationship with Chris Brown tops the list by far, but Rih’s relationship with her label Def Jam wasn’t so picture-perfect either. “I feel like I was really, really protected, really guarded with myself. I felt like they were giving me a blueprint,” she said of the marketing department at the label where she has put out six platinum- and gold-selling albums.

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