Pictured alongside the headline 'Crazy In Love', the star addressed the speculated reunion for the first time while talking to Rolling Stone, explaining that she is willing to "take the backlash" if it means she will no longer feel "angry and dark".
[Rihanna in Rolling Stone]
"When you add up the pieces from the outside, it's not the cutest puzzle in the world," she accepted. "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 s**t. We value each other. We know exactly what we have now, and we don't want to lose that."
Insisting that she will walk away from Brown if he ever acts violently towards her again, Rihanna said: "He doesn't have the luxury of f**king 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. And I wouldn't have gone this far if I ever thought that was a possibility."
She added: "I decided it was more important for me to be happy. 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."
Rihanna and Brown were first rumoured to have reconciled when they collaborated on remixes of their respective tracks 'Birthday Cake' and 'Turn Up The Music' last February.
The Bajan star described Brown as her "best friend" in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in August, and afterwards the couple began to appear together in public - including at the MTV VMAs in September, where they were spotted kissing.
A duet on Rihanna's Unapologetic album entitled 'Nobody's Business', Brown's appearance on the artwork for her single 'Stay' and a number of telling Instagram pictures meant that the pair were widely regarded as being back together before Rihanna's confirmation.
Brown is on probation until August 2014 for his 2009 assault against Rihanna. It has been claimed that Frank Ocean intends to press charges against him following their alleged altercation at an LA recording studio this week.
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