Appearing on Oprah Winfrey's Next Chapter, the 'Where Have You Been' singer recalled signing with Def Jam records at the age of 16, saying that the label's insistence on formulating her image often caused her to feel "stifled".
"I guess it started off really claustrophobic. I feel like I was really, really protected, really guarded with myself. I felt like they were giving me a blueprint," Rihanna explained.
"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. I felt stifled because I don't even know who I am at 16 and 17 years old."
The 24-year-old added that she eventually overcame her hesitance, adding: "I was uncomfortable with that. The only way I could do that was by bursting out of it."
Rihanna also opened up about ex-boyfriend Chris Brown during the interview, telling Winfrey that she will always love him and that they continue to work on repairing their friendship.
Watch a clip of Rihanna's interview with Oprah Winfrey below: