The backlash to her "Birthday Cake" remix with Chris Brown took Rihanna by surprise.
Fans were shocked last year, when Rihanna dropped the "Birthday Cake" remix featuring her then-ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. People couldn't believe that she would collaborate with the man who'd so famously and horribly beaten her in 2009. "I understood that people had every right to be concerned about it," she said. "But I didn't see it that way because I'm in a different place."