Rihanna Tells Rolling Stone: “Chris Brown’s Different Now”

What’s that old saying? It goes something like, “There’s none so blind as she who will not see.”

Yeah, that’s it.

Rihanna has come under fire from everyone from Joan Rivers to many of her own fans for reuniting with Chris Brown, the boyfriend who violently punched, bit and choked her during an infamous Grammys eve attack in 2009. But the “Rude Boy” singer says she doesn’t care what anyone thinks, because she believes Chris has grown immensely as a person since the night that he sent her to Los Angeles hospital

In the Feb. 14, 2013, issue of Rolling Stone (on newsstands Friday), Rihanna opens up about the couple’s controversial reunion:

“When you add up the pieces from the outside, it’s not the cutest puzzle in the world. You see us walking somewhere, driving somewhere, in the studio, in the club and you think you know. But it’s different now. We don’t have those types of arguments anymore. We talk about (stuff). We value each other. We know exactly what we have now and we don’t want to lose that.”

She added:

“I decided it was more important for me to be happy and 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.”

The singer, real name Robin Fenty, warns that she’ll clap the doors if Breezy bruises her again.

“He doesn’t have the luxury of fucking up 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.”

Her mission now is to be supportive.

“He made a mistake and he’s paid his dues. He’s paid so much. And I know that’s not a place he would ever want to go back to. And sometimes people need support and encouragement, instead of ridicule and criticism and bashing.”

RiRi, 24, also sounded off on the impression that Brown continues to struggle with extreme anger issues:

“I know it comes off like that. And it doesn’t help. For a long time he was really angry, and he felt like he couldn’t get away from it, no matter what he did. But there’s so many reasons why I ever reconsidered having him in my life. He’s not the monster everybody thinks. He’s a good person. He has a fantastic heart. He’s giving and loving. And he’s fun to be around. That’s what I love about him — he always makes me laugh. All I want to do is laugh, really — and I do that with him.”

Interestingly enough, Chris stands to have his five-year term of probation for beating Rihanna revoked after allegedly brawling with singer Frank Ocean in a parking lot on Sunday evening. And it wasn’t the first time in recent months that Breezy has been linked to violence. The Grammy winner escaped criminal charges in a fistfight with rapper Drake that left eight New York City clubgoers nursing injuries.