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23 February 2012, 10:32 | Updated: 23 February 2012, 11:21
The pair's shock collaboration was down to the 'We Found Love' singer according to the The Dream.
Rihanna and Chris Brown's recently unveiled remix of 'Birthday Cake' was the idea of the 'You Da One' singer according to the song's writer The Dream.
The pair released the track to the world, as well as a remix of Chris' 'Turn Up The Music' on RiRi's birthday earlier this week.
The Dream spoke to MTV about the conversation he had with the singer when she first introduced the idea of bringing her ex boyfriend in.
"I think I'm gonna put Chris on it," he recalls, to which he responded: "I don't know which Chris you talkin' about, [but] OK, cool, whatever you say."
"She's pretty smart too. The same questions that went through my mind, and I'm an artist also, had to have gone through hers. When she raised the question to me, I know she's not crazy. So my thought was you've been thinking about this, you've already thought it out, so evidently you know what reaction you gonna get."
He added: "At the end of the day, she's my friend, so whatever she wants to do is whatever she wants to do.
The singer-songwriter also went on to discuss the idea of Rihanna forgiving Chris for the attack three years ago at a pre-Grammys party which resulted in the 'With You' star receving a felony charge.
He confessed: "Don't say you know how to forgive when you don't. Everybody knows what took place, cool. Have the power to really forgive if that's what it is, if not stay on that side of the fence from the beginning.
"It's easy to kinda throw Chris under the bus all the time, but c'mon, man. OK, we get it."
Meanwhile, Rihanna recently attended the BRIT Awards 2012 where she picked up the prize for International Female Solo Artist as well as performing her Calvin Harris produced hit 'We Found Love' at London's O2 arena.