Rihanna and Chris Brown meant it when they said “it ain’t nobody’s business but mine and my baby.”
The singer turned beauty mogul sat down with Oprah in 2012 and the media mogul repurposed the interview for her Soulful Sundays podcast. The Anti singer admitted that she reconciled her friendship with Chris Brown and remain close friends.
“We’ve built up a trust again,” she tells Oprah. “We love each other and we probably always will. And that’s not something we’re ever going to change. That’s not something you can shut off, if you’ve ever been in love. I think he was the love of my life. He was the first love. And I see that he loved me the same way.”
The 2009 Grammys goes down in music history for their notorious domestic violence case. There’s no telling if they’re intimate again, but she shifted the conversation back to the core of their relationship which is a friendship.
“It’s not even about us being together. I truly love him. So the main thing for me is that he’s at peace. I’m not at peace if he’s a little unhappy, or he’s still lonely.”
Rihanna credits reconciling with her father as a catalyst for her reconciliation with Chris. “I repaired my relationship with my dad,” says the 9-time Grammy winner. “I was so angry with him, and I was just angry about a lot of things from my childhood and I couldn’t separate him as a husband from him as a father.”
Riri also offered some words that any girl who experienced heartbreak should hear. “I thought I hated Chris and I realized it was love was tarnished. It looked like hate because it was ugly, angry, it was inflamed, it was tainted. And I realized that what it was is I had to forgive him because I cared about him still. And the minute I let go of that, I started living again.”
Check out the conversation in its entirety below: