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"Even if it's a mistake, it's my mistake."
The above quote comes straight from Rihanna's new interview with Rolling Stone about her controversial on-again beau Chris Brown. Considering the fact he left her bruised and beaten when they first dated, many fans -- and, well, everyone else -- have rebelled against the idea that Rihanna, 24, has gotten back together with the angry "Don't Wake Me Up" singer.
She felt that way too, for a while. But Rihanna decided to eventually take Brown back and the couple has become more and more public with their affections for one another, especially during the last several months. We have a feeling they will arrive at the Grammys hand-in-hand and ready to show the world how in love they are. It would be their red carpet debut as an on-again couple, and it would mark four years since the two got into a physical fight after a pre-Grammy party that started this whole mess in the first place.
And if anybody has any questions about why she's choosing to be back with Brown, she's answered all in the Rolling Stone cover story, landing on newsstands tomorrow (Jan. 31). "I decided it was more important for me to be happy," she says. "I wasn't going to let anybody's opinion get in the way of that." She continued, "After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I'd rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it."
It's true; it is Rihanna's decision to make. Hopefully Brown has learned by now not to raise his hand to a woman (though clearly that rule doesn't apply to men as well). But RiRi is a role model for her many, many fans, and taking back an abusive boyfriend seems to be setting the absolute wrong example -- even if she does say she's being careful about it.
"He doesn't have the luxury of f--king up again," Rihanna says. "That's just not an option. I can't say that nothing else will ever go wrong. But I'm pretty solid in the knowing that he's disgusted by that. And I wouldn't have gone this far if I ever thought that was a possibility."
She adds, "When you add up the pieces from the outside, it's not the cutest puzzle in the world. 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 anymore. We talk about shit. We value each other. We know exactly what we have now, and we don't want to lose that."
One person who seems to be happy to get away from the two lovebirds is Brown's ex, Karrueche Tran. She says in the new issue of Rolling Out that being part of the Rihanna/Chris Brown love triangle was no way to live. "It was very hard," she said about the media attention she's had during her public break-up. "I try my best to just ignore the negativity, which is hard for me because it's a lot to deal with. But I try to keep a positive mind and stay strong and not put energy into it."
In other words, good riddance ChriRi!