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Rihanna is the latest Rolling Stone cover star. In the new issue on stands Friday, January 31st, contributing editor Josh Eels accompanies the pop star around Los Angeles and visits her new Pacific Palisades mansion, where the 24-year-old opens up about her image, her seven-country Unapologetic promo tour and reconciliation with Chris Brown. “We value each other. We know exactly what we have now, and we don’t want to lose that,” she says.

“I decided it was more important for me to be happy,” Rihanna tells contributing editor Josh Eells in the new issue of Rolling Stone, out Friday, January 31st. “I wasn’t going to let anybody’s opinion get in the way of that. Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake. After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I’d rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it.”

Although Ri is giving Chris Brown a second chance, she says that if Brown were ever to display a hint of his past behavior towards her, she is ready to walk. “He doesn’t have the luxury of fucking up again,” she says. “That’s just not an option. I can’t say that nothing else will ever go wrong. But I’m pretty solid in the knowing that he’s disgusted by that. And I wouldn’t have gone this far if I ever thought that was a possibility.”

Head on over to Rolling Stone for more on the cover story.

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