Rihanna has got to be tired of interviewers asking her about Chris Brown, and it’s likely beyond a point where she can simply say “that’s none of your business.” In the years since the abusive situation between her and her ex-boyfriend came to light Rihanna has dodged questions about their reconciliation and is now calling their recent musical collaboration “innocent” and just part of the business. In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, Rihanna responds to side-eyes about her work with Chris Brown on “Birthday Cake,” and “Turn Up The Music.”
“We did two records, one for my fans and 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…I reached out to him about doing ‘Birthday Cake’ because that’s the only person that really it made sense to do the record, just as a musician, despite everything else, that was going to be the person. 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.”
Girl, please. Chris Brown is popular and all of that, but her line of logic is overwhelmingly simplified when it’s clear that there are other factors at play. It makes sense that Rihanna would have to come up with a public “reason” for working with her former abuser that downplays any personal relationship with him, but the idea that he’s so hot and she’s already done the rapper collab thing just doesn’t ring true. She seems very cautious to admit that there’s more going on at all costs, which is understandable but also seems a little out of her in-your-face character.