In a new interview with Mavericks With Ari Melber, Bon Jovi shared his thoughts about the Barbadian singer/actress/businesswoman Rihanna and stated that she is a free spirit that is a real artist.

When the interviewer asked what he thinks about Rihanna, Bon Jovi said:

“Sexy-cool, and underlying the word ‘cool.’ I love that Rihanna, what I know of her, she is a free spirit who is a real artist, because she’s doing what she does, and it’s the truth.”

Later, the interviewer touched the live show they made together, saying, “And Rihanna is one of the collaboration performances you did do that people liked.” Bon Jovi commented:

“Oh, she jumped on stage with us once at an MTV show. She was a big fan and wanted to sing ‘Livin’ on a Prayer.’ That wasn’t a record, she came out on the show. It’s great.”

Elsewhere in the conversation, Bon Jovi shared opinion on Gene Simmons, stating, “An old friend I don’t see or talk to very often, but he took us on our first tour of Europe.”

Here’s the interview: