"The whole thing caught me a little off guard, to be honest. Especially the amount of negative attention. Because it never occurred to me how this was going to be a problem, you know. It really didn't. I thought people were gonna be surprised that we finally did a record together, but I didn’t see how people could think it was a bad thing, you know? In my mind, it was just music. I mean, if I went back to him [as a girlfriend], then that's a whole different discussion. And if I ever do, then that’s something that y'all have to talk to me about when – if – that ever happens. Until then, look at it for what it is. I think a lot of people jumped to an assumption that was incorrect and they ended up looking stupid." - Rihanna, speaking to Esquire on the drama surrounding her collaboration with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. [via NME]