"I truly love him," Rihanna tearfully told Oprah in August of reconnecting with Chris Brown. "I'm not at peace if he is unhappy or he is still lonely. I care. … I think he was the love of my life."
Despite being viciously assaulted by Brown in 2009, RiRi spent much of 2012 circling his orbit, from a July rendezvous in St. Tropez to an October make-out session on the dance floor of a New York club.
In November, she released another collaboration with Brown, titled "Nobodies Business," a song that she said "is basically the way I look at everything regarding my personal life." But she denied rekindling the romance, an assertion Brown echoed.
"Me and her have history, and me and her are definitely always going to be best of friends," he said. "We're working on our friendship now. … As far as our personal life, I think people just got to give it a chance -- or not even give it a chance, but shut the hell up."