Rihanna admitted she "truly loves" ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, and probably "always" will just three years after his violent attack on her.

Back in 2009, singer Chris admitted to physically assaulting Rihanna on the night of the Grammy Awards, leaving her beaten up and battered.

The violent ordeal saw Chris placed on probation for five years and sentenced to six months community service.

He was also ordered to stay at least 50 yards?away from her.

But the Love On The Brain hitmaker, 32, admitted the incident didn't make her stop loving Chris.

Speaking on Oprah Winfrey’s Supersoul Coversations podcast in 2012, Rihanna said: "We've been working on our friendship again. Now we're very very close friends."

Rihanna said she 'truly loves' Chris Brown, and probably 'always will' in a 2012 conversation with Oprah

She went on: "We've built up a trust again, and that's - we love each other and we probably always will. And that's not something we're ever going to change. That's not something you can shut off, if you've ever been in love.

"I think he was the love of my life. He was the first love. And I see that he loved me the same way... it's not even about us being together. I truly love him. So the main thing for me is that he's at peace. I'm not at peace if he's a little unhappy, or he's still lonely."

Her fresh outlook on the pair's relations spurred Oprah on to ask if the pair could ever rekindle the romance they once had.

The pair dated in 2008, before Chris physically assaulted Rihanna in 2009

The singer candidly responded: "He's in a relationship of his own. I'm single but we have maintained a very close friendship ever since the restraining order has been dropped.

"We've just worked on it, little by little, and it has not been easy. It's not easy."

The ordeal took place in the car as the pair headed to the Grammys.

Chris previously said the Umbrella star saw a text pop up on his phone from a woman, leading Rihanna to believe that the mystery woman knew she would be there.

Rihanna attacked by Chris Brown
Rihanna was left bruised and beat up following the assault
The singer recalled the vile physical assault the took place, but later said she was in a place of forgiveness

The pair then had an argument about it and things erupted into violence.

Just three years afterwards, Rihanna said she was in a place of forgiveness after forgiving her father for the way he behaved towards her mum.

Rih told Oprah in 2012 that she had only recently repaired her relationship with her dad, which then led her to consider forgiving the With You singer.

She explained: "I repaired my relationship with my dad. I was so angry with him, and I was just angry about a lot of things from my childhood and I couldn't separate him as a husband from him as a father."

Rihanna said she decided to forgive Chris after repairing her relationship with her dad

She continued: "I thought I hated Chris and I realised it was love was tarnished. It looked like hate because it was ugly, angry, it was inflamed, it was tainted. And I realised that what it was is I had to forgive him because I cared about him still.

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

But in a shocking revelation, Rihanna said that as soon as the physical brawl took place that evening, her main concern was for Chris, not for herself.

Singers Rihanna and Chris Brown perform on stage during Z100's Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden
Rihanna said the pair were friends again three years after his violent assault

She said: "I was hurt most, nobody felt what I felt. It happened to me...

"I felt protective. I felt the only person they hate right now is him. It was a weird confusing space to be in because as angry as I was, and hurt and betrayed, I felt like he made that mistake because he needed help, and who’s going to help him?

"I was more concerned about him."

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