Rihanna and Chris Brown reconciling is old news, but the media never fails to find fault with the singer’s decision to reunite with the man who assaulted her several years ago during their relationship.
Rihanna has come in for no small amount of criticism after she accepted Chris Brown back into her life — with public sentiment teetering between sympathy, disgust and judgment toward the couple due to their explosive relationship and prolific troubles.
But as the star openly embraces Chris Brown after their initial breakup, she has reflected upon the decision to forgive him for harming her and explains that despite what happened, she doesn’t see herself as a victim.
Rihanna gave a tell-all interview to Elle UK in the April edition, and she speaks at length about her repaired bond with Brown. Four years after his assault arrest, the singer says:
“Right now, that’s just what we want, a great friendship, that’s unbreakable. Now that we’re adults we can do this right. We got a fresh start and we’re thankful for that.”
Rihanna adds that the pair have history, and that she values the things they’ve shared, good and bad:
“You don’t have that feeling with everybody so when you have it, you don’t want to let go of it. I would definitely say he is the one I have that kind of relationship with.”
But there is one aspect of the high-profile attack on Rihanna from Brown that the star sees as a less-relevant to her legacy — she explains that she has processed the incident and moved past it, getting a tattoo of a gun to remind her that she is capable of defending herself.
“Everybody wanted to know what was happening in my life … Is she a drug addict? No. Is she an alcoholic? No. Is she a victim? No … That’s why I got the gun. It was a symbol of strength. I’ll never be a victim.”
The singer also revealed a new set of life goals, and when asked where she plans to be in five years, Rihanna muses:
“I will probably have a kid.”
No word on whether Rihanna plans to procreate with Chris Brown when she decides to become a mom.