Rihanna Tells Oprah She’s ‘Very Close’ With Chris Brown

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By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Rihanna gave a heartfelt interview to Oprah, which aired Sunday night (August 19) on the talk show legend’s “Next Chapter” show. In the intimate sit-down filmed in Rihanna’s native Barbados, the singer opened up about, among other things, her tumultuous childhood, handling the loneliness of fame and her relationship with former flame Chris Brown.

Rihanna broke into tears when discussing Chris and the notorious 2009 incident in which he assaulted her. At the time, she was worried about Chris’ well-being and lamented losing her “best friend.” Rih Rih shared that once she mended her own tarnished relationship with her father (who was abusive to her mother when the singer was growing up), she was able to forgive Chris.

“We’ve been working on our friendship again…We’re very very close friends,” Rihanna revealed. When asked if she still sees her ex, Rihanna said that the two were at the same party in St. Tropez not too long ago and although it’s “awkward” to see him, especially as he’s dating someone else, she still loves him.

Fans on Twitter lauded Rihanna for her honesty and willingness to show a more vulnerable side. “Oprah has made me fall in love with Robyn Fenty” shared one fan while another added “I’m glad @rihanna has forgiven CB. Not for him/anybody else but for herself. With forgiveness comes peace.”