Rihanna has confirmed she is back together with her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown and warned she will leave him for good if he ever hits her again.
The couple's romance ended in 2009 after the Kiss Kiss star viciously attacked the singer in a bust-up on the eve of the Grammy Awards. Brown was convicted of assaulting Rihanna and remains on probation for the crime, but they have grown close again over the last few months, sparking rumours they had revived their relationship.
The Umbrella star has now confirmed she is giving Brown another chance, but the singer is adamant she will walk away if he ever gets violent with her again.
She tells Rolling Stone magazine, "He doesn't have the luxury of (messing) up again. That's just not an option. I can't say that nothing else will ever go wrong. But I'm pretty solid in the knowing that he's disgusted by that (the fight). And I wouldn't have gone this far if I ever thought that was a possibility...
"When you add up the pieces from the outside, it's not the cutest puzzle in the world... 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."
Rihanna knows many fans will be unhappy with her decision to go back to a man who beat her, but she is adamant public opinion won't sway her decision: "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."
Brown found himself back in the headlines this month (Jan13) over accusations he was involved in a violent altercation with fellow singer Frank Ocean in California on Sunday (27Jan13). Brown has been named in a battery report and is wanted for questioning by police.