The moral thread that irked anyone with a memory that stretched back to 2009, when Chris Brown beat, bit and chastised his then girlfriend Rihanna into physical and metaphorical headlines gets even more depressing than her “Birthday Cake/Turn Up the Music” collaborations earlier this year, with a recent interview the young pop starlet gave to the British edition of Esquire (via Rolling Stone). Apparently Rihanna didn’t have controversy on her mind, telling Esquire, “The whole thing caught me a little off-guard, to be honest. Especially the amount of negative attention. Because it never occurred to me how this was going to be a problem, you know. It really didn’t.”

Rather than get into the specifics of the “negative attention” Rihanna is alluding to, let us plainly showcase the digi-thump club-banger “Birthday Cake,” and a Brown-collaborated lyric like so:

Girl I wanna fuck you right now
Been a long time, I’ve been missing your body

And a Rihanna verse later in the song’s dialogue:

Remember how you did it?
Remember how you fit it?
If you still wanna kiss it
Come and get it

Sweeter than a rice cake, cake worth sipping
Kill it, tip it, cake, fill it

Rihanna still, is adamant about the “professional” connectivity of such a moment, further telling Esquire “I mean, if I went back to him, then that’s a whole different discussion. And if I ever do, then that’s something that y’all have to talk to me about when – if – that ever happens. Until then, look at it for what it is. I think a lot of people jumped to an assumption that was incorrect and they ended up looking stupid.”

We asked back in February, regardless of the weight of the virtue of forgiveness, how this reconnection is being internalized by the millions of young women following her career? Call us “stupid,” but we’re still asking the same thing. Especially knowing that the question not only went completely over her head, but was an afterthought. But then again, maybe that’s her audience? “In my mind, it was just music,” the artist also said told Esquire.