Rihanna Caught 'Off-Guard' By Breezy Song Controversy
RiRi never realised the negative attention working with Chris would cause...
"Some love it, some hate it, some love it but still hate that we did it. But the response in the end has been incredible," she tells the publication, but soon tries to steer the conversation away from the topic.
[uuid:]When asked again about the collaborations - remixes to the songs Birthday Cake and Turn Up The Music - Rihanna says it was "definitely" controversial: "The whole thing caught me a little off-guard to be honest...especially the amount of...negative attention. Because it never occurred to me how this was going to be a problem. It really didn't."
She later insists: "I thought people were gonna be surprised that we finally did a record together, but I didn't see how people could think it was a bad thing. In my mind, it was just music."
RiRi then notes she was surprised that because they recorded songs together, people jumped to the conclusion she and Brown were dating again.
"OK. In a completely professional environment. And on a complete professional note. I mean, if I went back to him [as a girlfriend], then that's a whole different discussion.
"And if I ever do, then that's something that y'all have to talk to me about when - if - that ever happens. Until then, look at it for what it is."
She added: "I think a lot of people jumped to an assumption that was incorrect, and they ended up looking stupid. Because of a song. How stupid. If I was together with every collaborator I worked with ... f**k my life."
In the end, Rihanna once again reiterated she didn't have much else to say on the questions regarding her relationship, professional and personal, with Brown and how it relates to their work together.
In a less-abrasive interview with Ryan Seacrest back in March, shortly after RiRi and Brown dropped the two tracks, she called their work together "innocent."
"We did two records — one for my fans, one for his fans — and that way our fans can come together," Rihanna explained at the time, brushing off the criticism even then. "There shouldn't be a divide. It's music, and it's innocent."