Despite the overwhelming backlash following the former couple’s musical reunion, Rihanna defends her decision to reconnect with her abusive ex-boyfriend three years after he left her bloodied and bruised on the side of the road.
"I respect what other people have to say. The bottom line is that everyone thinks differently," the singer, 24, says in the May issue of Elle of her fans’ reactions to her collaboration with Brown, 22, on two new remixes. The tumultuous twosome has even been rumored to be secretly hooking up.
"It's very hard for me to accept, but I get it," she continues. "People end up wasting their time on the blogs or whatever, ranting away, and that's all right. I don't hate them for it."
Standing strong, the “We Found Love” singer says she’s not going to apologize for her actions.
"Because tomorrow I'm still going to be the same person," she says. "I'm still going to do what I want to do."
Still, Rihanna explains that Brown’s February 2009 assault in his car following a pre-Grammys party in Los Angeles has essentially made her into the woman she is today.
"It gave me guns," she says of the attack. "I was like, well, f---. They know more about me than I want them to know. It's embarrassing. But that was my opening. That was my liberation, my moment of bring it. I wanted people to know who I am. Whatever they take that to be, good or bad, I just want them to know the truth."
Though part of her life is no longer private, the Barbadian beauty sees the upswing to having the world know so much about her.
"I have more freedom the more people know about me," she explains. "It's like, one less skeleton in the closet, one less burden, one less secret; now you know that, so you can say what you want about it. I don't have anything to hide."