We already knew, but it still hurts, Rihanna. It still hurts.
Rihanna appears in the May issue of ELLE, where she finally admits she’s back in contact with her abusive ex, Chris Brown. And she’s not sorry.
"I respect what other people have to say. The bottom line is that everyone thinks differently," Rihanna told the mag.
Unsurprisingly, Rihanna has had her share of critics blasting her for talking to Brown.
“It’s very hard for me to accept, but I get it,” she says of the criticism. “People end up wasting their time on the blogs or whatever, ranting away, and that's all right. I don't hate them for it."
Wasting our time? Listen, Riri, this is all I got—you don’t have to rub it in. I don’t get to run around on stage slapping my butt—don’t you think that kills me?
“I was going through the hardest time of my life. I was angry, sad, confused, torn. I was still in love," Rihanna said about her dark breakup with Chris. "And I needed to talk about it. That was the only way I could get peace, because it was in my head, and I couldn't leave it there."
And in talking about it, Rihanna says she found freedom.
"I was like, well, f-ck. They know more about me than I want them to know. It's embarrassing. But…that was my liberation.”
Rihanna adds that, because all her sh-t is out there, she feels free.
"It's like, one less skeleton in the closet, one less burden, one less secret; now you know that, so you can say what you want about it. I don't have anything to hide."