Rihanna on Reconnecting With Chris Brown: I’m Going to Do What I Want to Do

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Last month, Rihanna made headlines – and not exactly good ones – when she re-teamed up on two singles with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, the man who brutally assaulted her back in 2009.

Well, now Rihanna is firing back at her critics in the newest issue of ELLE, on which she graces the cover.

Responding to the criticism she received, she said:

“It’s very hard for me to accept, but I get it. 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 … Tomorrow I’m still going to be the same person. I’m still going to do what I want to do.”

On the flip side, Rihanna admits she learned a lot from the 2009 incident, and that it made her stronger than ever.

“It gave me guns,” she said (via US Weekly). “I was like, well, f***. They know more about me than I want them to know. It’s embarrassing. But that was my opening. That was my liberation, my moment of bring it. I wanted people to know who I am. Whatever they take that to be, good or bad, I just want them to know the truth.”

Meanwhile, Rihanna also opened about the pool of men out there – or lack thereof – admitting that dating is hard for both her and everybody.

“There’s just a major drought out there. I don’t know. I guess I’m challenging, because my job seems to affect every relationship I have or try to have. Even with people I think should get it, you know? That seems to be a big factor; it’s always an issue. But I just need to find the person who balances me out, because then things like my schedule won’t matter. I’ve done it before, so I know I can do it again,” she said (via Just Jared).

What do you think of Rihanna’s remarks about Chris Brown? Does it change your opinion of the situation? Sound off in the comments!