Last month, Rihanna sat down with Oprah for her “Next Chapter” series. Oprah, known to ask probing questions, didn’t hold back from asking the singer if she still loves Chris Brown — her ex-boyfriend who brutally beat her three years ago. A tearful Rihanna admitted that she still loves Chris and was hoping he’d gotten the help he needs.
Ever since the shocking interview aired, there has been a drastic shift in Rihanna and Chris Brown’s interaction. The initial citing took place during the MTV Awards, when Rihanna deviated from her original path to her seat to hug Chris Brown.
The next citing took place at a VIP section for Jay-Z’s concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where Chris Brown was seen placing his arms around Rihanna.
Days after the latter citing, Chris Brown tweeted that he’d broken up with his girlfriend Karrueche Tran to save his “friendship” with Rihanna. ”I have decided to be single to focus on my career. I love Karrueche very much, but I don’t want to see her hurt over my friendship with Rihanna. I’d rather be single, allowing us to both be happy in our lives.”
As Oprah walked into her Lifeclass Series in Houston, Texas, on Friday, EXTRA informed her about Rihanna and Chris Brown’s friendship and asked how she felt about it.
“I’m not surprised,” she said. ” [Rihanna] learned a lesson that she was repeating with Chris Brown — exactly what she needed to learn from her father. I think that if she is prepared to deal with that and is prepared to help him help himself then so be it. I have no judgment about it.” She continued, “That’s why I can sit there and have such a great time with her because I do all my interviews with no judgment whatsoever. If that’s how you choose to lead your life, that’s really okay.”