Why Rihanna’s 2012 Confession That Chris Brown Is Still ‘Close Friend’ After Abuse Re-surfacing NOW?

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In 2012 Rihanna took a break from being a busy star to chat with Oprah Winfrey. The conversation has resurfaced and been posted on the podcast “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations” recently. Many thought that this podcast was new which had the world buzzing about Rihanna rekindling their relationship with Chris Brown. But it is from the past. She spilled some major tea about where her relationship with her ex-boyfriend stood after the pair got into a fight that turned physical in 2009.

The singer spoke to Oprah eight years ago about the incident.

Rihanna And Chris Brown Were Working On Their Relationship In 2012

Rihanna began dating singer Chris Brown in 2007. The pair seemed to be happy and in love. But on the night before the 2009 Grammy’s everything changed. The pair got into an argument in Chris’s car after he received a text from an ex-girlfriend. After he lied about the text message, they continued to argue. Chris repeatedly punched, bit and choked her to the point where she had trouble breathing. He also threatened to kill her. Her screams prompted someone to call the police. He was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats hours later and pleaded guilty to assault. He was put on probation for five years.

“We’ve been working on our friendship again. Now we’re very very close friends” Rihanna told Oprah in the resurfaced interview. “We’ve built up a trust again, and that’s – we love each other and we probably always will. And that’s not something we’re ever going to change. That’s not something you can shut off if you’ve ever been in love.”


She Also Confirmed Her Relationship Status At The Time

“I think he was the love of my life. He was the first love” she continued. “And I see that he loved me the same way… it’s not even about us being together. I truly love him. So the main thing for me is that he’s at peace. I’m not at peace if he’s a little unhappy, or he’s still lonely.” Rihanna reflected on her feelings towards the singer after their very public abuse scandal. “I thought I hated Chris and I realized it was love was tarnished. It looked like hate because it was ugly, angry, it was inflamed, it was tainted” she continued about her past relationship. “And I realized that what it was is I had to forgive him because I cared about him still. And the minute I let go of that, I started living again.”

Of course, the question on everyone’s minds at the time was whether or not the Fenty Skin creator would ever consider getting back with Chris. “He’s in a relationship of his own. I’m single but we have maintained a very close friendship ever since the restraining order has been dropped” she said. “We’ve just worked on it, little by little, and it has not been easy. It’s not easy.” Now, there is a ton of speculation that she is dating rapper A$AP Rocky but neither of them has confirmed the relationship.

Rihanna Talked About Her Relationship With Her Dad

She also grew up in a home where she saw domestic violence occur firsthand. When speaking to MTV, Rihanna said she saw her father hit her mother numerous times in the past. She often had to try and break up their fights and one of them even resulted in her mother having a broken nose.


But in 2012, her relationship with her father was on the mend. “I repaired my relationship with my dad. I was so angry with him, and I was just angry about a lot of things from my childhood and I couldn’t separate him as a husband from him as a father” she said.


Samantha Agate
Samantha Agate

Samantha Agate is a contributor and host for Talent Recap on YouTube with a previous byline at The Blast. She graduated from Hunter College in 2019 with a degree in Media Studies and a Concentration in Journalism. When she isn't binge-watching reality television shows or binge-eating fried food, she loves hanging out with her friends and family and petting puppies.

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