Rihanna on Chris Brown collab controversy: "The whole thing caught me a little off-guard"
Rihanna has opened up about collaborating with her ex Chris Brown, saying that the negative reaction to the two coming together again professionally was unexpected for her.
She told Esquire, "The whole thing caught me a little off-guard, to be honest... Especially the amount of negative attention. Because it never occurred to me how this was going to be a problem, you know. It really didn't."
Earlier this year, Brown appeared on Rihanna's "Birthday Cake" remix, while she loaned her vocals to his remix of "Turn Up The Music".
The 24-year-old singer continued, "I thought people were gonna be surprised that we finally did a record together, but I didn't see how people could think it was a bad thing, you know? In my mind, it was just music.
"I mean, if I went back to him [as a girlfriend], then that's a whole different discussion... And if I ever do, then that's something that y'all have to talk to me about when – if – that ever happens. Until then, look at it for what it is. I think a lot of people jumped to an assumption that was incorrect and they ended up looking stupid."
Brown famously assaulted Rihanna on the eve of the 2009 Grammys.