'He's not the monster everybody thinks': Rihanna opens up on Chris Brown
'We value each other' ... Rihanna and Chris Brown last December. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP
Rihanna has gotten a lot of heat for reuniting with her ex, Chris Brown. But the singer says she doesn't care what anyone thinks. In a new issue of Rolling Stone, Rihanna opens up.
"When you add up the pieces from the outside, it's not the cutest puzzle in the world,'' she told the magazine on the topic of people being upset about her reunion with Brown.
''You see us walking somewhere, driving somewhere, in the studio, in the club, and you think you know.
Rihanna on the cover of Rolling Stone.
''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 Brown still hasn't changed, based on his behaviour: "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."
The singer also told the magazine that she would walk away if Brown showed hint of his past violent behaviour towards her again.
''He doesn't have the luxury of f------ up again,'' she said. "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."
In February 2009, Brown attacked Rihanna as the couple drove home from a pre-Grammy Awards party. Photos of the singer's bruised and battered face were released, shocking the music world. Affidavits filed in the case alleged Brown slammed Rihanna's head against the window of a car the couple were travelling in before repeatedly punching and biting her.
Brown at first pleaded not guilty to assault charges against Rihanna, but later changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced to 180 days of community service, escaping a jail sentence.
He also released a video apology, pleading for forgiveness from his fans for "inexcusable" behaviour.
"I wish I had the chance to live those few moments again, but unfortunately I can't," he said in the apology, released in July 2009. "I'm not going to sit here and make any excuses. What I did was inexcusable.''
USA Today with wires