Rihanna Talks Chris Brown: 'We Don't Have to Talk Ever Again in My Life'
She opens up about overcoming the most vulnerable time in her life: "I refused to let that be the image."
In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Rihanna reveals why she agreed to let a judge ease the restraining order against Chris Brown, who was convicted of felony assault against her in 2009.
"That's my decision," she says. "It doesn't mean we're gonna make up, or even talk again. It just means I didn't want to object to the judge."
She says she hasn't heard from the singer — who recently trashed his Good Morning America dressing room because he was angry anchor Robin Roberts asked about his past assult - in some time.
"We don't have to talk ever again in my life," Rihanna says. "I just didn't want to make it more difficult for him professionally. What he did was a personal thing – it had nothing to do with his career. Saying he has to be a hundred feet away from me, he can't perform at awards shows – that definitely made it difficult for him."
After the Brown incident, she says, "I put my guard up so hard. I didn't want people to see me cry. I didn't want people to feel bad for me. It was a very vulnerable time in my life, and I refused to let that be the image. I wanted them to see me as, 'I'm fine, I'm tough.' I put that up until it felt real."
Next for Rihanna: Next May she's going to play a Navy weapons expert in the big-screen adaptation of the classic board game Battleship.
She spent three months shooting in Baton Rouge and Hawaii, including many 18-hour days on a barge with 350 people – and just one outhouse bathroom between them.
"There were times I would walk up to her like, 'Are you really handling this?'" Battleship director Peter Berg tells the magazine. "She would just laugh at me. She said she was really enjoying not having to drive the ship - not having to be running this huge Rihanna machine."