Rihanna And Chris Brown 2012 photo

The producer behind Rihanna and Chris Brown’s “Birthday Cake” remix, The Dream, is opening up about the controversial duet amidst public backlash.

According to The Dream, the whole idea was Rihanna’s, but her never saw a problem with it.

“It was Rih’s idea. Not only do we work together, but [Rihanna] is a friend of mine. I don’t know how she got the logistics and how it happened — maybe she’ll talk about it one day. I showed up at the studio, and it was like, ‘All right, cool, let’s finish this record.’”

“For me, it’s just music. Two talented people doing a record together, doing two records together, and that’s what it was. It wasn’t about an incident that happened. The true thing really is to forgive, and… you want to believe in people.”

“I think [the topic] that should be more on the tongues is: how do we proclaim to be a nation of forgiving, and we go by all of these rules and everything, but we can’t actually do it? It actually makes you look weaker than your adversary — if you don’t have the power to forgive, but you lie and say that you did.”

“Because this is about her,” he continued. “If she can forgive, that’s where she is mentally. As a friend, it’s like, ‘Okay, cool. Let’s roll.’”

The song, “Birthday Cake,” originally appeared on Rihanna’s album “Talk That Talk,” which was released in November. However, the song was just a one-minute and 18-second snippet.

Rihanna and The-Dream finished the bawdy song with Brown’s assistance.

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