Rihanna on Chris Brown: 'We don't have to talk ever again'
Rihanna says it was her decision to allow a judge to ease her restraining order against Chris Brown following his 2009 attack on her and adds that it does not mean they will make up or speak to each other again.
Brown, a 21-year-old R & B artist, had pleaded guilty to felony assault for attacking the pop and R & B singer, his then-girlfriend, and was sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community service. Brown completed a court-mandated domestic violence course in December 2010.
After the confrontation, Rihanna, 23, obtained a restraining order against Brown. In February, it was downgraded to a lower level.
"That's my decision," Rihanna told Rolling Stone magazine. "It doesn't mean we're gonna make up, or even talk again. It just means I didn't want to object to the judge."
"We don't have to talk ever again in my life," she said, adding that she has not heard from Brown in a long time. "I just didn't want to make it more difficult for him professionally. What he did was a personal thing - it had nothing to do with his career. Saying he has to be a hundred feet away from me, he can't perform at awards shows - that definitely made it difficult for him."
Brown recently made headlines by storming off the set of ABC daytime talk show "Good Morning America" after its host Robin Roberts asked him during an interview aimed at promoting his new album, "F.A.M.E.," if he had seen or been around Rihanna since his attack.
He said "not really," performed on stage and then left to go to his dressing room. Security was called after reports of loud noises from the area were made. It was later discovered that a window inside the room was smashed.
Brown later said on the BET talk show "106 & Park" that he "apologized to anyone he startled" in the "GMA" studio and that he "had to blow off steam and let out the anger."
Rihanna told Rolling Stone that after Brown's assault, she "put my guard up so hard," adding: "I didn't want people to see me cry. I didn't want people to feel bad for me. It was a very vulnerable time in my life, and I refused to let that be the image. I wanted them to see me as, 'I'm fine, I'm tough.' I put that up until it felt real."
She later went on to date baseball player Matt Kemp. The two split in late 2010. Meanwhile, Rihanna is concentrating on her music career and is gearing up to go on tour. Fellow Grammy-winner and "Forget You" singer Cee Lo Green is set to join her. She will perform in cities such as Los Angeles, Uniondale, NY and Toronto to help promote her latest album, "Loud."
Rihanna is also filming her first film, "Battleship." In the movie, set for release in May 2012, Rihanna plays an ammunitions specialist.
"Battleship" also stars Liam Neeson, Brooklyn Decker and Alexander Skarsgard from the HBO vampire series "True Blood" and depicts the Navy's battle against invading aliens.