Recording artists Chris Brown (L) and Rihanna laugh together while sitting courtside at the NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles December 25, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL ENTERTAINMENT) (Photo : REUTERS)
Chris Brown seems to demonstrate a pattern of violence, considering his assaultive past, culminating with this week's parking lot brawl with Frank Ocean, but that isn't stopping Rihanna from being with him.
Rihanna confirmed that she is back together with Brown--once again--after a five year on-and-off relationship in an interview for the front cover of February's Rolling Stone Magazine.
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And the 24-year-old performing artist does not care whether the public agrees with her decision to get back together with the man she brought to court for physically assaulting her in 2009.
"Even if it's a mistake, it's my mistake," she told the magazine. "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."
But Rihanna said that she does realize how her decision may seem off-track from an outside perspective, but claims that the couple's situation is different now.
"When you add up the pieces from the outside, it's not the cutest puzzle in the world," she said.
"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 [expletive]. We value each other. We know exactly what we have now, and we don't want to lose that."
Rihanna also says that she has forgiven Brown for how he treated her in the past.
"He made a mistake, and he's paid his dues," she said. "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."
Brown assaulted Rihanna the night before the Grammy Awards less than four years ago. Brown plead guilty to the charges and remains on probation.
The full interview with Rihanna can be found in the current issue of Rolling Stone Magazine.