Rihanna: I Still Love Chris Brown

The pop star opens up about ex-boyfriend during interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Posted: 08/19/2012 11:59 PM EDT

Rihanna and Chris Brown have long been ex-lovers, since Brown infamously assaulted her in 2009, but there is still a lot of love that exist between the two. Rih Rih said as much in her primetime interview on Oprah's Next Chapter on Sunday.

 

Asked by host Oprah Winfrey where her relationship with Brown stood today, a teary-eyed Rihanna flatly stated, "I still love him."

 

"We're very, very close friends," Rihanna explained. "We built a trust again and that's it. We love each other and we probably always will."

 

The 24-year-old international star admits that she does see her ex-beau from time to time, but the relationship is strictly platonic. While she recognizes Brown is in a relationship and she is single, the "We Found Love" singer confessed, "I think he was the love of my life."

 

As she's been asked to do over and over in nearly every interview she's done since the 2009 incident, which occurred on Grammy night in Los Angeles, Rihanna recalled her feelings following the domestic dispute.

 

"It was a weird, confusing space to be in," Rihanna told Oprah. "Because as angry as I was, as angry and hurt and betrayed, I just felt like he made that mistake because he needed help and who's going to help him? Nobody's going to say he needs help. Everybody's going to say he's a monster without looking at the source, and I was more concerned about him."

Aside from discussing her relationship with Brown, Rih Rih took Oprah on a tour of her native island Barbados while opening up about family and her career.

 

To watch more of Rihanna's sit down with Oprah click here.

 

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