FORGIVE AND FORGET: Why Rihanna's Patched Her Relationship Up With Chris Brown

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Rihanna’s finally opening up about her relationship with ex-boyfriend, Chris Brown.

While the public may not understand why she’s chosen to patch it up, she’s content — and no one can take that away from her.

PHOTO: Rihanna kisses Chris Brown

“I decided it was more important for me to be happy,” she tells the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine. “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.”

Their public reconciliation comes nearly four years after Chris assaulted the “Diamonds” singer the night before the 2009 Grammy Awards.

And she’s not worried about that happening to her again, because according to her, it never will. If it does, she’ll be ready to walk.

PHOTO: Rihanna and Chris Brown together for the holidays

“He doesn’t have the luxury of [messing] up again,” she says. “That’s just not an option. I can’t say that nothing else will ever go wrong. But I’m pretty solid in the knowing that he’s disgusted by that. And I wouldn’t have gone this far if I ever thought that was a possibility.”

But has the 23-year-old entertainer really changed his ways? He did, after all, just assault hip-hop artist Frank Ocean earlier this week. Frank is now pressing charges. And in June, he got into a fight with rapper Drake at a NYC nightclub. Regardless, Rihanna has his back. The couple have even been spotted recording another duet.

NEWS: Rihanna and Chris Brown recording another duet

“He made a mistake, and he’s paid his dues,” the 24-year-old says about the 2009 incident. “He’s paid so much. And I know that’s not a place he would ever want to go back to. And sometimes people need support and encouragement, instead of ridicule and criticism and bashing.”

As for the public’s perception, she understands why everyone questions her decision on rekindling their romance.

"When you add up the pieces from the outside, it's not the cutest puzzle in the world," Rihanna says. "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."

What do you think of Rihanna’s interview? Do you understand where she’s coming from, or do you think she should reconsider her relationship?

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