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Despite previous beating, Rihanna back with Chris Brown

Published on Jan 31, 2013 9:55 AM
This December 25, 2012 file photo shows Rihanna (right) and Chris Brown attending an NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Centre in Los Angeles, California. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - It's official: R&B diva Rihanna says she is back together with Chris Brown, who is still on probation for assaulting her in 2009, saying "It's different now."

"I decided it was more important for me to be happy," Rihanna told Rolling Stone magazine in an interview published on Wednesday on its website.

"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," she said of her renewed romance with singer Brown, 23, that has prompted consternation from fans and celebrity media because of their history.

"After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I'd rather just live my truth and take the backlash," said Rihanna, 24, adding, "I can handle it."

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