Rihanna Opens up About Chris Brown & Says He’s Different

Photo Credit: @badgalriri
Photo Credit: @badgalriri

By: Amanda Anderson-Niles

Rihanna and Chris Brown have been rumored to have reconciled their romance that ended abruptly after he assaulted her in 2009. Although neither have confirmed that they are indeed back together, many speculate that they are back in a romantic relationship. However, the reunion hasn’t been without its fair share of controversies as Chris’ ex girlfriend Karrueche Tran has still been in the picture since Chris broke things off with her last October. As a result of his continued relationship with Karrueche, it’s launched some kind of war of words and shade between her and Rihanna. After it was confirmed that Chris hung out with Karrueche at Basketball Wives’ star Draya’s birthday party, Rihanna decided to crash Karrueche’s Cover Release party the other day. While many wish Rihanna would just move on, Rihanna has made it clear that she’s willing to go toe to toe with Karrueche for Chris.

And so far, she’s making no apologies for it either. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone for the February 14 issue, Rihanna claims that she’s confident in her choice to let Chris back in her life. And according to her, things are “different” now and he has changed.

“I decided it was more important for me to be happy.

“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.

“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 sh*t. 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*cking 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.”


Rihanna even explained that she doesn’t even like talking to her best friend about her relationship with Chris:

“I just felt like, why bother? Nobody else is going through it. Nobody would understand.”


While the two were apart, Rihanna explains she thought ending their relationship was the best way to make him feel like he lost her:

“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 how she feels about people who claim they don’t feel Chris has changed:

“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.

“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.”


Rihanna also wanted to make it clear that it is not her purpose to “fix” Chris:

“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 everyone’s concern about her relationship with Chris:

“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.”


Despite taking Chris back, Rihanna wants people to understand she is not weak:

“I could never identify with that word, ‘weak.’ I couldn’t have come out of this if I was weak. No way.”


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  1. It’s funny now that she wants to talk about Chris. I guess she wasn’t getting enough publicity for not talking about him? These celebs are so phony.

  2. Rihanna is weak and it shows on her Instagram and Twitter account daily. The fact that she crashed Kae’s party shows that not only is she insecure but Chris obviously has not changed and she hasn’t either. She was checking his phone before he whooped her a-s and now she’s crashing parties to make sure he isn’t cheating. They don’t need to be together. No improvements have been made on either end.

  3. Rihanna is a little girl in a grown up situation. I used to think she would learn one day but now, I seriously doubt it.

  4. Another publicity stunt. I guess the next move is they will show up to the Grammys together. Doesn’t matter, he’ll be sticking Kae again right after. Chris does what he wants to do and will always do what he wants to do. I have lost all respect for Rihanna.

  5. Well, it’s clear Chris really hasn’t changed, but she hasn’t either. They have to figure that out for themselves though. She looks pretty on both pics though.

  6. Also, you all have to stop calling the woman young. She turns 25 next month. She should be wise enough to run and stay far away from this man but it appears she was knocked once too many times upside the head by Chris.

  7. I think the only person I’m rooting for at this point is Chris. I know, strange, but I think he keeps getting the worst end of the stick on all of this. Rih keeps getting a pass and I don’t think it’s fair.

  8. LOL girl bye! And yes, you are the definition of weak stalking ex girlfriends at parties because your man can’t be faithful to your “diamond” a-s. lol

  9. Usually a woman doesn’t discuss a relationship to a close friend because they are insecure about it. Rihanna’s not fooling anyone with this interview.

  10. Huffington post had this statement from the Rolling stone piece “The singer revealed that there had been “eight or nine” previous incidents of domestic assault with Brown prior to that night,”….But, he’s changed…right. Yeah, Keep ducking poo.

  11. Wow. People on blogs are so hateful and talk like they know these celebs and all the details of their life. I think that Rihanna has to make this mistake (if it is one) and learn from it. Her answers were actually mature and it seems like she really thought this through. Anyways, I still think they are toxic together but oh well it’s not my life.

  12. Point made. Roses thanks. All the criticism n insults everyday. It’s her life. Her mistake. Get the f#$k over it da$$.

  13. Lol…why would anyone need to use Chris for publicity. Da$% that’s funny. Can’t continue commenting on that one. Oh thanks for the laugh though…

    1. Uh Rihanna is clearly an attention whore. Her Instagram account is proof of that. She talks about Chris and puts up pics of him more than he does because it keeps her in the news. She’s all gimmicks and no substance. I will never take her seriously after she said she wanted to be a role model to other domestic abuse victims but then takes him back like a fool. She deserves all the criticism she is getting and much more in my opinion.

  14. People will have an opinion and they have a right to voice it if she took Chris back. Her answers were not “nature” they were pretty stereotypical for a victim of domestic violence. Chris hasn’t changed. He’s already cheated on Rihanna several times and has already gotten in another fight. So why even be surprised that people with a brain aren’t praising her for this interview? He’s whooped her a-s on several other occasions BEFORE the incident…that came out of HER mouth. So yes, she’s stupid and you stans will deal that most people are calling her out for this.

  15. I’m not trying to be disrespectful to anyone, but I definitely think it’s sick that any woman can sit here and encourage and even root for Rihanna to be with Chris after she confirmed that he was abusive to her several times before the night of the Grammys. I’m sorry, I have a daughter and I would NEVER encourage her to go back to someone who had no problems hitting her like she was a man. A woman does not owe any man second chances! Are your mothers not teaching you this? You either treat a woman right or you lose her. This generation of women is really disappointing and the lack of self esteem shows in the “couples” they support. This is not love, this is another young woman who clearly doesn’t value herself. And yes, she is weak. A strong woman would have walked away at the first sign of abuse. I can only teach my daughter better though…

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