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Rihanna and Oprah Winfrey appear in a promotional photo for their interview which aired on OWN on on Aug. 19, 2012. - Provided courtesy of OWN

Rihanna talks to Oprah about 'close friendship' with Chris Brown - See video

08/20/2012 by Kristina Lopez

Singer Rihanna talked openly in her interview with Oprah Winfrey about her relationship with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown and about the time he assaulted her after a pre-Grammy Awards party in 2009.

The pop star said in the interview, which aired on August 19, that she "still loves" Brown but that the two are not together romantically. She said the two have been working mending their friendship.

"We've been working on our friendship again and now we're very, very close friends," Rihanna said in the interview. "We've built a trust again and that's it. We love each other and we probably always will and that's not something we're going to try to change."

"That's not something you can shut off, if you've ever been in love," she added.

Oprah then asked Rihanna if she was seeing Brown, alluding to rumors the two have reconciled romantically.

"No," Rihanna, 24, said. "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."

Following the assault arrest, Brown pleaded guilty to a felony charge was sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community service and was ordered by the courts to receive domestic violence courses for a year.

After the confrontation, Rihanna, 23, obtained a restraining order against Brown. In February 2011, it was dropped to a lower level.

"We just worked on it little by little," Rihanna said about the friendship, "and it has not been easy."

Rihanna went on to say the two met up recently in St. Tropez on a mutual friend's yacht. She admitted that when she sees Brown, "My stomach drops, yes, and I have to maintain this poker face and not let it get to the outer part of me."

"I think he was the love of my life," she said. "He was the first love and I see that he loved me the same way."

The singer also talked about being named the "Sexiest Woman Alive" by Esquire magazine.

"I do not think about things like that. That's not my goal," she said. "It's flattering. Inaccurate, but flattering."

Watch clips from Rihanna's interview with Oprah Winfrey below.

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