Rihanna has spoken out about her decision to record "innocent" new tracks with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, insisting she wanted to bring their divided fans together.
The Umbrella hitmaker stunned fans when she teamed up with Brown, who was instructed to stay away from her following an assault charge in 2009, to record the song Birthday Cake.
A restraining order against the Kiss Kiss singer has been dropped but he is still serving community service and probation for his Grammy Awards eve fight with Rihanna.
However, his ex proved she has forgiven him by inviting Brown to join her in the studio.
Opening up about the controversy during a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest on Thursday (15Mar12), she explained, "I reached out to him about doing Birthday Cake because that's the only person that really made sense to do the record just as a musician, despite everything else.
"I thought about rappers and I've done that so many times, and the hottest R&B artist out right now is Chris Brown.
"In turn, he was like, 'Why don't you do the remix to my track? It was a trade off. We did two records - one for my fans, one for his fans. That way our fans can come together. There shouldn't be a divide."
And Rihanna insists there's nothing wrong with wanting to make good pop tunes.
She added, "It's music and it's innocent."