Rihanna appears on the cover of the latest Rolling Stone magazine looking as polished and beautiful as ever. And in the accompanying interview the Diamonds singer openly admits that she is back with her controversial boyfriend Chris Brown, who is still on probation from being found guilty of assaulting her back in 2009, confirming what everybody - not least her Twitter and Instagram followers - already knew.
RiRi is well aware that her choice won’t be a popular one with her fans and the press, but says that her own happiness is more important to her than her public image. 'When you add up the pieces from the outside, it's not the cutest puzzle in the world," Rihanna admitted. '[But] I wasn't going to let anybody's opinion get in the way of that.' The star, whose hotly anticipated fashion collection for River Island will show at London Fashion Week next month, now sparks speculation as to whether Chris Brown, who spent New Year with her and joined her on her 777 tour - will be front row for her catwalk spectacular.
'I decided it was more important for me to be happy,' she told the magazine. 'After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I'd rather just live my truth and take the backlash … Sometimes people need support and encouragement, instead of ridicule and criticism and bashing.'
Rihanna assures the interviewer that in any case, Chris Brown is a reformed character; ‘he doesn't have the luxury of fucking up again. That's just not an option,' she said. 'I wouldn't have gone this far if I ever thought that was a possibility … You see us walking somewhere, driving somewhere, in the studio, in the club, and you think you know. But it's different now. We don't have those types of arguments any more.’