Rihanna is breaking her silence on her reconciliation with Chris Brown in a new cover story with Rolling Stone Magazine.

The “Nobody’s Business” singer opens up on the many opinions circulating about their reunion, and why she ultimately felt like giving their relationship another shot. Via The YBF:

On even her best friend not being allowed to talk to her about Chris Brown: “I just felt like, why bother? Nobody else is going through it. Nobody would understand.”

On being mad at Chris Brown for a really long time: “I wanted him to know what it felt like to lose me. To feel the consequences of that. So when that (stuff) came back it hit me like a ton of bricks. Like, God, you’ve got to be kidding right now. But I got real with myself, and I just couldn’t bury the way I felt.”

On knowing she would be opening herself up to criticism for reuniting with Chris Brown: “I decided it was more important for me to be happy, and I wasn’t going to let anybody’s opinion get in the way of that. Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake. After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I’d rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it.

On people being upset about her reunion with Chris Brown: “When you add up the pieces from the outside, it’s not the cutest puzzle in the world. You see us walking somewhere, driving somewhere, in the studio, in the club, and you think you know. But it’s different now. We don’t have those types of arguments anymore. We talk about (stuff). We value each other. We know exactly what we have now, and we don’t want to lose that.”

On the opinion that Chris Brown still hasn’t changed, based on his behavior: “I know it comes off like that. And it doesn’t help. For a long time he was really angry, and he felt like he couldn’t get away from it, no matter what he did. But there’s so many reasons why I ever reconsidered having him in my life. He’s not the monster everybody thinks. He’s a good person. He has a fantastic heart. He’s giving and loving. And he’s fun to be around. That’s what I love about him – he always makes me laugh. All I want to do is laugh, really – and I do that with him.”

On believing that Chris Brown has changed: “Of course everybody has their opinion about him, because of what he’s done. That will always be there. But he made a mistake, and he’s paid his dues. He’s paid so much. And I know that’s not a place he would ever want to go back to. And sometimes people need support and encouragement, instead of ridicule and criticism and bashing.”

On being the one to support Chris Brown: “Wait. You think I’m here to rehabilitate Chris? No, no, no. That is not my purpose. Trust me. I could have done that from the jump if I thought that was my job. My job was to take care of myself – and I did. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think Chris was ready.”

On people being worried about her with Chris Brown: “I know. And trust me – it makes me feel great to know that people care. I guess it’s just something that will show with time. There’s nothing I could say that would convince you right now. But we’re in a great place. And I can’t ever see us going back.”

On how much she will put up with from Chris Brown going forward: “Listen, I’ll tell you right now: I don’t have to take it. If he gives me that again, here’s what I give him: nothing. I just walk away. He doesn’t have that luxury of (expletive) up again. That’s just not an option. I can’t say that nothing else will go wrong. But I’m pretty solid in knowing that he’s disgusted by that. And I wouldn’t have gone this far if I ever thought that was a possibility.”

On calling her album Unapologetic as an answer to everyone who thinks she should be a better role model: “I could never tell a 10-year-old to look at me, because I know I’m not perfect. That’s not what I signed up for.”

On reports that she’d fallen out with Katy Perry over Perry’s decision to date John Mayer: “Katy Perry can date anyone she wants. Besides, who the (expletive) am I to say anything? I could never give relationship advice to anybody!”

On if she wants to have babies someday: “Hell, yeah. But I wish I could order them.”

It is important to live your truth but we hope Rihanna and Chris can do so in a relationship that’s positive, peaceful and healthy for both parties.

What are your thoughts on Rihanna’s comments, Clutchettes?


  • SimoneL

    She doesn’t owe me any explanation,because A)she’s an adult and B) she didn’t take the wild ride out MY birth canal. As long as she knows what will and won’t work for her, that’s all that matters. There are people 3 times her age that don’t know their boundaries as to what they will and won’t accept.

  • http://www.lorrikey.com Lorri M. Key (@mslorrim)

    I like the fact that she’s living her life and owning that even if she makes mistakes, they belong to her. The other side is I see Chris still struggling and it’s not getting any better for him. (from the outside looking in).

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    “Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake. After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I’d rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it.”

    That pretty much sums it up. I wish them both the best. Though I have to say it would bug me to be a musician talking more about my personal life than whatever project I’m currently working on.

  • http://gravatar.com/mbm1ame isa

    Well its good to know she has her boundaries, not a fan of her or the decisions she’s made and the way she presnts herself, then again she knows what she wants. I can understand in a sense, because I had to watch my best friend fall in love with with a guy after several years of dating she found out he was married. It took a lot for her to break up with him, she then got back together with him and broke up after several chidings, from me. Not saying the situations are the same and I’m not defending Rihannas decisons with chris, but I guess we would never know really, what we would do if we were in her position

  • kamille

    this!!!! lol

  • gmarie

    My poor Rhi. so much life to learn. but it’s her lesson to learn.

  • http://twitter.com/Cognorati001 Colette Marcheline (@Cognorati001)

    She sounds like every other battered woman on the planet (“He’s changed!” “No one else can understand!” “Even though he beats me, he has a good heart!”). We have heard it all before on every single Phil Donohue/ Oprah show circa 1990s.

    Sad that today’s youth icons have more in common with Tina Turner while she was with Ike (except for the fact that Rihanna CANNOT sing).

    I don’t understand why either of them is famous.

  • Anthony

    She’s a grown woman and I wish her and Chris Brown the best.

  • Keshia

    I really hope over time Rihanna grows and matures, I don’t care what anyone says Chris brown is bad news. When someone shows you who they are the first time..believe them.

  • http://melodymoose.deviantart.com/ Catpopstar

    I don’t think Chris Brown was very remorseful about losing her. Didn’t he use the incident to turn himself into the victim?

  • http://gravatar.com/beejcee beejcee

    Rihanna and Chris grew up in abusive households, according to them in past interviews, their mothers were battered women. This is why they have a different outlook, understanding and forgiveness of domestic abuse. My sister was battered for the majority of her 25 year marriage and no matter what encouragement she got from family and friends, she stayed until SHE understood why she had to go. For these two young people to have been exposed at early ages, it will take time for them to understand that a drama filled life is a bigger deal than what they think! At this point it probably is not that big of a deal at all to them!

  • Child, Please

    I appreciate her honesty and owning up to “[her] mistake,” but I can’t help but feel for her and hear the “battered woman” statements (borrowing from Colette) coming from her. It truly does make me sad and I wish her team hadn’t put her back out there so soon. I know they cared about the bottom line, but I wished they cared more to let her have a real break.

  • Child, Please

    You’re right he did. It wasn’t but a few days after that his defense were going to claim she struck him first and he recently he just compared the tongue lashing the blogsphere gave him on his fight with Frank Ocean to the crucification (sp) of Jesus. He’s since closed his twitter account.

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    True! But sometimes the best way to learn is the hard way and through experience. But I must say I love her candid personality and being fearlessly transparent I could never…

  • Joy

    Who among us has NEVER made a decision that someone else thought was a bad idea? Like RhiRhi said….it’s her life (and she’s the only one that has to live with it). Most people can’t manage their own lives to perfection (so we need to stay out of RhiRhi’s)

  • Joy

    Simone: WOW!! What a prolific statement. Thanks

  • Rue

    Lesson: Love is blind…also deaf, dumb and stupid

  • http://ki kiki

    Let me translate this article for you /rhianna did all these shannigsns to make Chris brown jealous so she could get back with him, I,m against abuse but she’s walking into it. If she gets smacked again that’s on her

  • AM

    . At this point, Rihanna is FAR gone. All we can do is wish them both the best. It’s not our life to live, but hers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kelley.johnson.75436 Kelley Johnson

    Call me when he beats her unconscious and dumps her on the side of the road again.

    Ok, thanks.

  • KGA25

    He also called her hoe on twitter, but I guess that’s how he shows his love.

  • http://gravatar.com/hsm36 Whatever

    “Wait. You think I’m here to rehabilitate Chris? No, no, no. That is not my purpose. Trust me. I could have done that from the jump if I thought that was my job. My job was to take care of myself – and I did. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think Chris was ready.”

    Loved the interview because of her honesty but especially loved that part above.

  • I got sense!

    Both of them could die tomorrow and I wouldn’t blink an eye. Whatever they do they have to deal with. I don’t support either of their music or movies so…..

  • http://gravatar.com/hsm36 Whatever

    One thing she definitely made clear is that we are ALL outsiders looking in.We’re sitting around judging from twitter feeds, gossip and speculations. I don’t know Rihanna and I don’t know Chris. What I do know is that they were very young when the worst went down and hopefully they have grown up. No, I will not hold a grudge against Chris Brown because I have a hard time believing that a person in their late teens/early 20′s is doomed for life because of one mistake. I truly hope that any young man that hits a woman will learn from their mistake. Just because he throws fits in the media doesn’t mean he’s putting his hands on her. Like she stated, I don’t think she would take that anyway.

  • Rosey

    I’m just sick of hearing about it. Rihanna through her online presence invites people to be apart of every part of her life and then talks about how it’s no anybody’s “bitness” about her and Chris. I’m sick of celebrity worship. I have my own ish to worry about other then these two attention whores.

  • J.S.

    Take this as a cautionary tale:

    Fathers, raise your daughters or else men like Brown will.

  • http://defendingmoney.wordpress.com Marketing Gimmicks

    It’s obvious that Rhi is choosing passion over what is considered respectful, balanced and healthy and I say kudos to her. Passion is that delicate mixture of pleasure and pain that we all need to feel to grow and feel aliveness. She’s in her twenties and this is the ideal time for her to learn the necessary lessons that come with taking high risks in love.

    The worst life you can live is living a life for someone else and unfortunately there are a lot of lurkers behind the screen who are doing just that: living for the validations and opinions of others. And Rhi Rhi is just the right person for finger waggers to project their guilt and shame onto.

  • justanotheropinion

    I guess NOT getting her ass beat the first time wasn’t a boundary? She’ll learn sooner or later….maybe.

  • Sister Fire

    I’m sorry but that whole, they’ve grown up in an abusive home crap, so that’s why theyre like this needs to stop. At the end of the day, we are all a victim of our past circumstances and our messed up childhoods, but we have to grow up and take responsibility for the here and now. I grew up seeing my father beat my mom, and i have nevre been in an abusive relationship, I know what’s not right or right in relationships because I refuse to let my past dictate my past or present…

  • tee

    What saddens me about this situation is that just like Rihanna, Karrueche knows exactly what they have now (her & Chris) and she doesn’t wanna lose that. I wish Rih the best and hope it works out for her sake.

  • SIster Fire

    It’s amazing how this chick can talk about every part of her life and be considered real, while another bigger star, no names mentioned, reveals her miscarriage and everyone says she’s seeking attention, and not considered open…

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