Rihanna back with Chris Brown: 'If it's a mistake, it's my mistake'
Barbadian singer admits she has reunited with the man who beat her so badly she was hospitalised
R&B STAR Rihanna has confirmed she is again in a relationship with Chris Brown, the 23-year-old singer who is still on probation for assaulting her.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Rihanna, insisted that things had "changed" between herself and Brown since the violent altercation on 8 February 2009 that left her with major facial bruises, a bloody nose, split lip and bite marks on her arms and fingers.
The admission ends months of speculation about the pair's reconciliation, says The Guardian. Risqué tweets and paparazzi photographs suggested they were back together and her most recent album, Unapologetic, was seen as an ode to her abuser because it included a duet she recorded with Brown called Nobody's Business with lyrics such as "You'll always be my boy".
Rihanna admits in Rolling Stone that her bond with Brown "is not the cutest puzzle in the world". But she says: "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."
Her insistence that Brown has changed his way is not supported by recent incidents, according to several showbiz reports. In March 2009 he reportedly "went ballistic" and destroyed a dressing room after he was asked about Rihanna on the TV programme Good Morning America.
In August last year he was involved in a brawl with singer Drake at a New York nightclub that led to a multi-million dollar lawsuit. And this week he was photographed with his hand in a cast after allegedly fighting with Frank Ocean over a parking spot at a Los Angeles recording studio.
Rihanna, who met Brown in 2005, has insisted he won't get a third chance at a relationship. "He doesn't have the luxury of f***ing up again… That's just not an option," she said.
The Daily Mirror said it was "dismayed" by Rihanna's decision and said it cannot forgive Brown for "smashing her face in".
But Rihanna insists that she and Brown "value each other", telling Rolling Stone: "We know exactly what we have now, and we don't want to lose that."