We really, really want to believe this one, for Rihanna’s sake. Not that it’s not something you hear from women who go back to the men who abused them all the time, but at least this quote is better than the brush-off “none of your business” statements she’s made in the past. After appearing all over the place with Chris Brown and writing cryptic tweets about their time together for the past few months, RiRi spelled things out for her Rolling Stone cover story.
“He doesn’t have the luxury of f—ing up again,” she said, by way of assuring the world that she won’t stand for any hint of abuse again. “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.”
She also reiterates what she’s been saying all along about this: that she doesn’t care what we think about her reunion with the man who assaulted her in 2009. “I decided it was more important for me to be happy,” she said. “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.”
We hope so, Rihanna. We really do.
[Photos: Getty Images, Rolling Stone]