Rihanna called into Ryan Seacrest’s radio show on Thursday morning and discussed a range of things (London, Battleship, going blonde, losing weight), but most interesting was her rationale for recently collaborating with ex Chris Brown.
“I reached out to him about doing ‘Birthday Cake’ because [he was] the only person that really made sense to do the record, just as a musician despite everything else [he] was going to be the person,” explains Rihanna.
She adds, “You know, I thought about rappers, and I’ve done that so many times, [but] the hottest R&B artist out right now is Chris Brown. So I wanted him on the track.”
Given Rihanna and Brown’s history, many fans had questioned her decision to collaborate with him musically.
But the “We Found Love” singer sees things differently.
“We did two records. One for my fans. One for his fans. And that way, our fans can come together,” Rihanna told Seacrest. “There shouldn’t be a divide.”