Rihanna: ‘People won’t stop me seeing Chris Brown’

Singer says criticism won't make her change her mind about her ex-boyfriend

Rihanna has told her critics that they won’t stop her from seeing her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown.

The pair recently teamed up together for a remix of her track ‘Birthday Cake’ – three years after he attacked her on the eve of the 2009 Grammy Awards and was subsequently sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community labour.

In an interview with Elle magazine, however, Rihanna insisted that people who were worried she had rekindled her romance with Brown and wanted her to stay away from him were “wasting their time”.

“It’s very hard for me to accept, but I get it,” she said of the criticism. “People end up wasting their time on the blogs or whatever, ranting away, and that’s all right. I don’t hate them for it.” She then went on to add:

I’m still going to do what I want to do.

Speaking about the attack itself, meanwhile, she added: “It gave me guns. I was like, ‘Well, fuck.’ They know more about me than I want them to know. It’s embarrassing. But that was my opening. That was my liberation, my moment of bring it. I wanted people to know who I am. Whatever they take that to be, good or bad, I just want them to know the truth.”

According to the New York Post, meanwhile, Rihanna is also defying her management team over her relationship with Brown. Her management banned her from reuniting with Chris, but she said she’ll do whatever the hell she wants to,” said a source. “Rihanna is rebelling. She says they have been working her too hard and she wants some time to herself. They fear she’ll secretly record an album with Brown, just to defy them.”

Last week (March 29), the singer dismissed claims that she tried to be controversial to generate publicity, and insisted she wasn’t interested in meeting “society’s standards” when making music.

Rihanna, who released her last album ‘Talk That Talk’ in November last year, has also revealed that she has started work on her next album. She is set to headline BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend event – a huge outdoor festival set to take place this summer to celebrate the 2012 Olympic Games. Rihanna will headline the event’s second night (June 24), with Jay-Z closing the show on the event’s opening evening (June 23).