Despite previous beating, Rihanna back with Chris Brown

NEW YORK Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:15pm EST

Recording artist Rihanna leans her head on Chris Brown as they sit together courtside at the NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles December 25, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Recording artist Rihanna leans her head on Chris Brown as they sit together courtside at the NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles December 25, 2012.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - It's official: R&B diva Rihanna says she is back together with Chris Brown, who is still on probation for assaulting her in 2009, saying "It's different now."

"I decided it was more important for me to be happy," Rihanna told Rolling Stone magazine in an interview published on Wednesday on its website.

"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," she said of her renewed romance with singer Brown, 23, that has prompted consternation from fans and celebrity media because of their history.

"After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I'd rather just live my truth and take the backlash," said Rihanna, 24, adding, "I can handle it."

The couple's reconciliation had been rumored for months, even before the pair unveiled a duet, "Nobody's Business," in November. That track was included on Rihanna's latest album "Unapologetic."

Brown pleaded guilty in 2009 to beating and punching Rihanna. He was sentenced to community service, anger management classes, given a restraining order and is still on probation.

The Barbadian singer told Oprah Winfrey in an emotional interview in August that she and Brown now had a "very close friendship," and that she still loved him.

"When you add up the pieces from the outside, it's not the cutest puzzle in the world," Rihanna admitted to Rolling Stone, which hits newsstands this week with her gracing the cover above the headline, "Rihanna Crazy In Love."

"You see us walking somewhere ... and you think you know. But it's different now. We don't have those types of arguments anymore. We talk," she said. "We value each other."

But she noted that Brown is on probation with her as well, saying, "He doesn't have the luxury of (messing) up again."

"That's just not an option ... And I wouldn't have gone this far if I ever thought that was a possibility."

The interview was published three days after Brown's latest dustup, which involved fellow musician Frank Ocean, over a parking space at a West Hollywood recording studio. Ocean has said he wants Brown prosecuted following the Sunday brawl.

In 2012 Rihanna was rated by Time and Forbes magazines as among the world's and celebrity arena's most powerful people.

(Reporting by Chris Michaud; Editing by Jill Serjeant and Philip Barbara)

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Comments (13)
pjdxxxwa wrote:
In my experience, men who abuse women do NOT change. They will always be losers and she needs to get some self respect, stop believing his lies that it is her fault, and save herself for a decent man.

Jan 30, 2013 3:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
3bladerunner wrote:
Sad. Very sad.

Jan 30, 2013 4:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
cogboy wrote:
that chris brown is already enjoying the luxury of getting her back kind of weakens her so called “never again” stance. and it’s also fair to note that rhianna might not have the luxury of actually surviving another beating! just sayin’. i wonder how many times nicole brown simpson convinced herself with similar delusional arguments. and before you go saying chris brown is no “o.j. simpson,” neither was o.j.! oh but in hindsight, all the signs were there. particularly the ones all over nicole’s face. let’s just hope that if these two buy a home together, they get a place with plenty of parking…

Jan 30, 2013 4:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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