Rihanna Says “He’s Not the Monster Everybody Thinks”

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More excerpts from Rolling Stone’s interview with Rihanna – and surprise, surprise – a lot of it is still about Chris Brown.

On the opinion that Chris Brown still hasn’t changed, based on his behavior:

"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."

On believing that Chris Brown has changed:

"Of course everybody has their opinion about him, because of what he’s done. That will always be there. But 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."

On being the one to support Chris Brown:

"Wait. You think I’m here to rehabilitate Chris? No, no, no. That is not my purpose. Trust me. I could have done that from the jump if I thought that was my job. My job was to take care of myself – and I did. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think Chris was ready."

On not mistaking her love for weakness:

"I could never identify with that word, ‘weak.’ I couldn’t have come out of this if I was weak. No way."

On calling her album Unapologetic as an answer to everyone who thinks she should be a better role model:

"I could never tell a 10-year-old to look at me, because I know I’m not perfect. That’s not what I signed up for."

On if she wants to have babies someday:

"Hell, yeah. But I wish I could order them."

Hat tip to Rhymes With Snitch.

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