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Rihanna Speaks on Collaborating with Chris Brown, Says "He's the Hottest R&B Artist Out Right Now"

Rihanna called in to Ryan Seacrest's show "On Air with Ryan Seacret" this morning (March 15th) and stated why she collaborated with her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown who assaulted her back in 2009. Some have frowned upon this musical collaboration for "Birthday Cake" while other fans loved it. There are also rumors swirling around that Rihanna and Chris may possibly still be hooking up, despite him having a girlfriend and despite people warning Rihanna to keep her distance.

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So why did Rihanna not give a damn with what anyone had to think and decided to link up with Chris?

She said...

Rihanna recalls beginning the collaboration process saying: “The first song that came about was ‘Birthday Cake.’ I mean we ended up recording them at the same time and executing them together, but I reached out to him about doing ‘Birthday Cake’ because that’s the only person that really–it made sense to do the record. Just as a musician despite everything else that was going to be the person. You know I thought about rappers, and I’ve done that so many times, and the hottest R&B artist out right now is Chris Brown. So I wanted him on the track, and then in turn he was like ‘Why don’t you do the remix to my track?’ and it was a trade off. We did two records. One for my fans. One for his fans, and that way our fans can come together. There shouldn’t be a divide. You know? It’s music, and it’s innocent.”

Listen to the entire interview below: