If you’re a regular Homorazzi reader (thank you!), you’ll know that Rihanna having recently collaborated with Chris Brown created quite the stir on our site, with readers and writers alike having very different opinions. It was also very interesting to read the differences in opinion between gays, straights, men, women, victims of domestic violence, and non-victims.

Anyway, Rihanna chatted with Ryan Seacrest live this morning and finally addressed why she chose to work with Chris Brown on “Birthday Cake”. Before they got to that, they chatted about where she is, what color her hair is at the moment, Battleship, and fashion. Find out what she had to say about working with Chris Brown below.

I’ve also included the full interview below should you desire to listen to it.

Here’s what Rihanna said to Ryan:

“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 full interview below: