Rihanna opens up about Chris

Rihanna has revealed that she will "probably always" love ex-boyfriend Chris Brown.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey for the talk show mogul's Oprah's Next Chapter, Rihanna opened up about her current relationship with Brown, who was arrested and sentenced for assaulting the star in 2009.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Rihanna said that she and Brown are "very close friends" and says that they have "maintained a very close friendship ever since the restraining order was dropped" last year.

"We love each other and we probably always will, and that's not anything that we're going to try to change," Rihanna told Oprah.

She also explained that whenever she sees Brown "it's awkward because I still love him... my stomach drops and I have to maintain this poker face and not let it get to the outer part of me. I have to maintain that and suppress it."

"I think he was the love of my life," said the 24-year-old star.

"He was my first love and I see that he loved me the same way... I truly love him—the main thing for me is he's at peace. I'm not at peace if he's not happy or he's still lonely. I care. It actually matters that he finds that peace."

Rihanna – who became emotional during the interview – also revealed that she found the strength to forgive Brown's assault through repairing her relationship with her father, who she had seen be violent to her mother.

"All kinds of emotions started happening after that," Rihanna said.

"All kinds of things started making sense. I thought I hated Chris and I realised it was love that was tarnished. It looked like hate because it was ugly, it was angry, it was inflamed, it was tainted and I realised that what it was is, I have to forgive him, because I cared about him still.

"And the minute I let go of that, I started living again."