Rihanna on Collaborating with Chris Brown: It Was "Innocent"

RihRih played it cool on Ryan Seacrest's radio show when she defended her decision to record two singles with her ex last month

While fans won't stop speculating about Rihanna's relationship with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, she claims all they're making together is music. During a Thursday morning phone call to Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM radio show, the "Talk That Talk" singer explained why she decided to collaborate with Brown on two remixed singles last month.

"I reached out to him about doing 'Birthday Cake' because that's the only person it made sense to do it with," Rihanna told Seacrest.

Really? Rihanna couldn't think of anyone else to do work with? Maybe somebody she's never had a restraining order against?

But Rihanna tells Seacrest that Brown, who pleaded guilty to assaulting her when they were dating in 2009, is simply "the hottest R&B artist right now," so she had to have him on her song. Plus, she adds, she wanted to end the long-simmering feud between his fans ("Team Breezy") and hers ("The Rihanna Navy").

"We did two records. One for my fans, one for his fans, and that way our fans can come together," said the Grammy winner. "There shouldn't be a divide, you know? It's music and it's innocent."

Well, okay -- but it didn't exactly sound innocent, what with Rihanna singing "I love you baby" over Brown's song "Turn Up the Music," and Brown crooning, "Girl I wanna f**k you right now, been a long time, I've been missing your body" over her song "Birthday Cake."

Even if the songs were innocent, the jury is still out on the exact nature of Rihanna and Brown's current relationship. Brown's rep said in January that they're "just friends," which in itself would be shocking, considering their history. But the rumors won't go away, and fans continue to breathlessly read between the lines of their Twitter accounts. Last week, a supposed internet feud erupted between Rihanna and Brown's current girlfriend Karrueche Tran, with Rihanna tweeting some song lyrics and a Twit pic that may have been racist jabs at the aspiring model. And this week, she posted lyrics from Kanye West's "Bittersweet" that may or may not be directed at Brown.

"I love u and hate u at the very same time! Ur gonna be the death of me... I don't want u, but I need you," Rihanna tweeted.

Is this another case of "it's music and it's innocent"? Or is something going down between Rihanna and Chris right in front of everyone?

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