Rihanna Covers Rolling Stone: “If [Chris Brown] Screws Up, I’ll Walk”

Rucuss staffJanuary 30, 2013

Rihanna lands another Rolling Stone cover.

The Diamonds singer strikes a sexy pose for the next issue which uses the caption: ‘Crazy In Love.’ Rihanna gives her most candid reflections on her decision to reunite with Chris Brown, who plead guilty to assaulting her nearly four years ago.

RiRi spends the bulk of her interview defending Brown and talking about their relationship. She reveals that they know what they have now and don’t want to lose it. She also makes it clear that she doesn’t want to be viewed as being ‘weak.’

Check out a few highlights below.

On being mad at Brown and her decision to give the relationship another try:

“I wanted him to know what it felt like to lose me. To feel the consequences of that. But I got real with myself, and I just couldn’t bury the way I felt.

I decided it was more important for me to be happy, and I wasn’t going to let  anybody’s opinion get in the way of that. Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake. 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.”

On not being able to talk to anyone about Brown, not even her best friend:

“I just felt like, why bother? Nobody else is going through it. Nobody would understand.”

On people being upset about her reunion with Brown:

“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 (stuff). We value each other. We know exactly what we have now, and we don’t want to lose that.”

On what she loves about Brown:

“For a long time he was really angry, and he felt like he couldn’t get away from it, no matter what he  did. But there’s so many reasons why I ever reconsidered having him in my life. He’s not the monster everybody thinks. He’s a good person. He has a fantastic heart. He’s giving and loving. And he’s fun to be around. That’s what I love about him – he always makes me laugh. All I want to do is laugh, really – and I do that with him.”

On if Brown has changed:

“Of course everybody has their opinion about him, because of what he’s done. That will always be there. But he made a mistake, and he’s paid his dues. He’s paid so much. And I know that’s not a place he would ever want to go back to. And sometimes people need support and encouragement, instead of ridicule and  criticism and bashing.”

On if she’s trying to rehabilitate him:

” Wait. You think I’m here to rehabilitate Chris? No, no, no. That is not my purpose. Trust me. I could have done that from the jump if I thought that was my job. My job was to take care of myself – and I did. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think Chris was  ready.

And trust me – it makes me feel great to know that people care. I guess it’s just something that will show with time. There’s nothing I could say that would  convince you right now. But we’re in a great place. And I can’t ever see us going back.”

On if Brown messes up again:

” Listen, I’ll tell you right now: I don’t have to take it. If he gives me that again, here’s what I give him: nothing. I just walk away. He doesn’t have that luxury of f*cking up again. That’s just not an option. I can’t say that nothing else will go wrong. But I’m pretty solid in knowing that he’s disgusted by that. And I wouldn’t have gone this far if I ever thought that was a possibility.”

Check out Rihanna’s last Rolling Stone cover below.

Rihanna’s Rolling Stone issue hits newsstands on Friday.

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