Recall that in 2009, Chris Brown admitted to physically assaulting Rihanna who was his girlfriend at the time, on the night of the Grammy Awards. He was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to stay 50 yards away from the Fenty Boss.
In the interview with Oprah, Rihanna revealed that she and the father of two have rebuilt their friendship and are very close now.
“We’ve been working on our friendship again. Now we’re very very close friends.
“We’ve built up a trust again, and that’s – 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… 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.”
When asked if they could ever rekindle the romance they once had, Rihanna responded by saying;
“He’s in a relationship of his own. I’m single but we have maintained a very close friendship ever since the restraining order has been dropped.
“We’ve just worked on it, little by little, and it has not been easy. It’s not easy.”
The “Umbrella” singer further revealed that she recently fixed her relationship with her dad, which then led her to consider forgiving the With You singer.
“I repaired my relationship with my dad. 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.
“I thought I hated Chris and I realised it was love was tarnished. It looked like hate because it was ugly, angry, it was inflamed, it was tainted. And I realised 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.”
Rihanna also said that as soon as the physical brawl took place that evening, her main concern was for Chris and not herself.
“I was hurt most, nobody felt what I felt. It happened to me…
“I felt protective. I felt the only person they hate right now is him. It was a weird confusing space to be in because as angry as I was, and hurt and betrayed, I felt like he made that mistake because he needed help, and who’s going to help him?
“I was more concerned about him.”