Rihanna confirms she's back with Chris Brown after "years of torment"
After months of speculation, the singer has announced that she's decided to forgive the R'n'B star for attacking her before the Grammys in 2009.
Rihanna, who took out a restraining order against Chris after the incident, feels that he has "paid so much" for what he's done.
She told Rolling Stone magazine: "I wanted him to know what it felt like to lose me. To feel the consequences of that.
“So when that (stuff) came back it hit me like a ton of bricks. Like, God, you’ve got to be kidding right now.
"But I got real with myself, and I just couldn’t bury the way I felt."
Rumours have been circulating for months that Rihanna was back with Chris after the pair posted a few suggestive photos to their Twitter accounts.
Ri-Ri's fans have been in uproar that she has forgiven her former abuser and many believe she's setting a bad example.
But the 24-year-old Bajan beauty has chosen to put herself first - and deal with the consequences.
She revealed: "I decided it was more important for me to be happy, and 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."
Chris has attempted to make over his image since the assault, undertaking community service and attending violence counselling.
Nonetheless, the 23-year-old has found himself in trouble again this week following an alleged run-in with Frank Ocean that's left his hand in plaster.
Rihanna added: "Of course everybody has their opinion about him, because of what he’s done. That will always be there.
"But he made a mistake, and he’s paid his dues. He’s paid so much. And I know that’s not a place he would ever want to go back to.
"Sometimes people need support and encouragement, instead of ridicule and criticism and bashing."
Rihanna insists her relationship with Chris has completely changed and that the public don't know what really goes on behind closed doors.
She said: "When you add up the pieces from the outside, it’s not the cutest puzzle in the world.
"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 (stuff). We value each other. We know exactly what we have now, and we don’t want to lose that."