Rihanna Speaks Out About Working With Ex-Boyfriend Chris Brown

Ever since pictures of Rihanna with a black eye surfaced just before the 2009 Grammy Awards, hip hop fans have been divided.

Meanwhile, the restraining order and charges against Chris Brown for domestic violence only strained them further.

During the 2012 Grammy Awards Brown once again made news headlines with his two performances and Grammy win for Best R&B Album for F.A.M.E.

Afterward, several musicians including Miranda Lambert and Michelle Branch took to Twitter to voice their opinions.

More recently, Rihanna and Brown reunited and traded vocals for tracks on each other’s albums. Brown rapped on Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake,” which appeared on her 2011 release Talk That Talk, while Rihanna remixed his track “Turn Up the Music” from his upcoming LP Fortune.

In a radio interview this morning, Rihanna finally broke her silence on her collaboration with Brown.

“I reached out to him about doing ‘Birthday Cake’ because that’s the only person that really made sense to do the record,” Rolling Stone reports. “I thought about rappers, and I’ve done that so many times, and the hottest R&B artist out right now is Chris Brown. So I wanted him on the track.”

Rihanna then explained that Brown offered her to be on a remix of “Turn Up the Music.”

“It was a trade off. We did two records. One for my fans. One for his fans, and that way our fans can come together. There shouldn’t be a divide. You know? It’s music, and it’s innocent,” she added.

While fans have weighed in on Twitter, some artists shared their opinions. Annie Lennox told the Telegraph Rihanna could become a “tremendous spokesperson” if she spoke out against domestic violence and discussed her experience.

“Here is a young woman who has been through domestic violence and she could become a tremendous spokesperson for that issue but the choice is hers,” Lennox said. “It’s not up to anybody else to do that.”

Melanie Fiona added that our opinions on the situation are irrelevant.

“I think that from a music standpoint they’re doing what they want to do, they don’t give a damn what anybody has to say,” she said. “So it pretty much doesn’t matter what I have to say because they don’t care. To each is own. Everybody is going to have an opinion about everything. They don’t care about anybody’s opinion, so rock on guys.”

-Jodi Phillips, Kiss 95.1 with additional reporting by Annie Reuter





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