Rihanna: "I Was Surprised At The Controversy Surrounding Chris Brown Collaboration"

7 June 2012, 07:46 | Updated: 7 June 2012, 07:52

The 'You Da One' star admits she thought people would see the pair working together as a positive move.

Rihanna has revealed that she was "surprised" and caught "off-guard" by the controversy which surrounded her collaborations with Chris Brown earlier this year.

The 'We Found Love' star teamed up with her former boyfriend on remixes of his track 'Turn Up The Music' and her own 'Birthday Cake' and the songs were released on the Bajan star's 24th Birthday back in February.

Speaking to Esquire magazine about the negative attention which ensued, she said: "The whole thing caught me a little off-guard to be honest. Especially the amount of negative attention."

She continued: "Because it never occurred to me how this was going to be a problem. It really didn't.

"I thought people were gonna be surprised that we finally did a record together, but I didn't see how people could think it was a bad thing. In my mind, it was just music."

The star also opened up to the publication on the apparent rumours that the former couple had rekindled their romance and called the accusations "stupid".

Meanwhile, Rihanna was recently pictured heading out for a late night coffee run in Los Angeles this week and can also be seen starring in the music video for her collaborative track with Coldplay 'Princess Of China' which was unveiled this past weekend.