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Rihanna shocked the world in February when she reunited with her abusive ex-boyfriend Chris Brown on two remix singles.

The reunion did not go down well with her fans and mentor Jay-Z, who said he was disappointed in her.

In a recent interview with Esquire magazine, Rihanna says she was shocked by the backlash she received.

“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, you know?” Rihanna said. “In my mind, it was just music.”

Rihanna also opens up about ditching her wild ways and settle down one day with one man.

“Hopefully I’ll have a man by then,” she said. “I’ve gotta start there, right? But how far I go [with my career] is God’s plan. I’m just following through my destiny. I don’t think it ever ends. It just evolves.”

Rihanna was spotted over Memorial Day weekend getting close to her old flame Drake. The outing fueled speculations that she might be rekindling her relationship with the Canadian rapper.