In the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Rihanna has opened up about getting back together with her ex, Chris Brown, and what it means for her public image. I know that so many Homorazzi readers that are (or were) Rihanna fans certainly experienced a backlash for some of her choices and especially choosing to be with Brown again.

I decided it was more important for me to be happy,” she tells contributing editor Josh Eells in the magazine. “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.”

This public reconciliation between the former couple is happening less than four years since Brown assaulted Rihanna the night before the 2009 Grammy Awards. He had pleaded guilty to assault and performed community service, and still remains on probation. I’m not sure how this alleged assault on Frank Ocean from a few days will affect that situation.

Rihanna explains, “When you add up the pieces from the outside, it’s not the cutest puzzle in the world,” Rihanna says. “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 shit. We value each other. We know exactly what we have now, and we don’t want to lose that.”

He doesn’t have the luxury of fucking up again,” she says. “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.”

He made a mistake, and he’s paid his dues,” Rihanna adds. “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.”

Pick up the new issue of Rolling Stone to find out what else she had to say about everything. As a side note, I actually really love their duet, “Nobody’s Business.” I’ve included it below in case you haven’t heard it.

Now, share your thoughts on what you think about their reunion and what Rihanna has said in the interview by posting them in the comments below.

Rihanna – ‘Nobody’s Business’ ft. Chris Brown