REUNITED: Chris Brown and Rihanna
RIHANNA HAS opened up about reconciling with controversial ex, Chris Brown, telling Rolling Stone magazine, "even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake."
The Bajan beauty, who spilt with the fellow singer in 2009 after he assaulted her, spoke candidly about rekindling her romance with Brown and insisted their relationship is "different now" compared to when they originally dated in 2007-2009.
Speaking to the new issue of the popular magazine, the 24-year-old said that when she decided to give Chris another chance, she knew she would be criticised by fans, friends and the media, but decided to follow her heart.
She said: "But 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."
Chris was arrested for assaulting Rihanna on the way home from a pre-Grammys party in Los Angeles in February 2009. Rihanna says that her initial decision to break up with Brown was solely to punish him, although she still loved him.
She explains: "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."
She says that they have both done some growing in the time apart and approach conflicts in a much more mature way.
She added: "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.
'"He doesn't have the luxury of f**king up again, That's just not an option.
"I can't say that nothing else will ever go wrong. But I'm pretty solid in the knowing that he's disgusted by that. And I wouldn't have gone this far if I ever thought that was a possibility.'
Chris remains on probation following the incident, which saw him convicted of felony assault."
The full interview is in the February issue of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale January 31.