Rihanna still harbors feelings for Chris Brown, and strong feelings at that.
Appearing last night on Oprah's Next Chapter, Rihanna was asked about the status of her relationship with Chris today, and she did not hold back.
More than three years after his brutal attack on her, she says the couple has worked on things ever since his restraining order was dropped.
Rihanna explained to O, "We're very, very close friends. We built a trust again and that's it. We love each other and we probably always will."
The Barbados native admitted that her feelings toward him were so strong, she was more concerned for Chris than for herself after he beat her.
She says they are NOT together - she mentions he is in a relationship (with Karrueche Tran) - but that it's "awkward" when she sees Chris.
Because "I still love him," she adds, "my stomach drops ... I have to maintain this poker face and understand that it's not going to go away."
Asked by Winfrey whether she believes Chris, who the star describes as her best friend, was a true love for her, Rihanna didn't hesitate.
"Absolutely," she said. "I think he was the love of my life."
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