Rihanna threw a little cold water on those red hot rumors that she is hooking up again with R&B artist Chris Brown. The rumors were fueled by their recent collaboration on two songs and a series of suggestive Tweets.
But in a call-in interview with Ryan Seacrest, she said the collaboration was “innocent.”
“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,” she said. “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,” she told Seacrest.
Brown infamously beat up Rihanna just before the Grammy Awards in 2009. He eventually pleaded guilty to felony assault and was sentenced to five years probation, which he is still serving, plus community service.
Brown is currently dating Vietnamese model Karrueche Tran, who reportedly exchanged words with Rihanna over Twitter.
After an exhaustive world tour last year, Rihanna, who turned 24 last month, is taking some time to chart her next move. Her movie debut in “Battleship” comes out this summer.
“Right now, I’m doing a bunch of meetings, little things here and there. Some video, some photoshoots. No touring this year. I won’t go on tour until next year. Though this year were doing movies, and still making music, and music videos. I’m really prepping for the next year,” she said.
Rihanna also wants to extend her brand–she has 14 million Twitter followers and 53 million Facebook followers–to fashion. She’s been repping for Armani underwear and jeans for the past year.
“I’m really pursuing a fashion line of my own. I want to design. This is also a road that I want to earn it. So I’m working with designers. Designers that I respect, and [fashion] companies that I respect. I want people to really trust me before I just say ‘Buy it, because it’s mine.’” she said.
Check out her interview below: