Rihanna was a guest on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show Thursday morning and said she decided to work with Chris Brown again because he’s the “hottest R&B artist out right now.” Her comments mark the first time she has commented publicly about the controversial remixes.

“The first song that came about was ‘Birthday Cake’ … we ended up recording [the two songs] at the same time and executing them together,” she explained on to Seacrest. “But I reached out to [Brown] about doing ‘Birthday Cake’ because that’s the only person that, really, it made sense to do the record.

MTV.com’s Jocelyn Vena provides more details:

“Just as a musician, despite everything else, that was going to be the person,” she said referring to Brown’s 2009 assault on her, which ended their relationship. “You know, I thought about rappers, and I’ve done that so many times, and the hottest R&B artist out right now is Chris Brown. So I wanted him on the track and then in turn he was like, ‘Why don’t you do the remix to my track?’ and it was a trade-off.”

The ex-couple have also had fans buzzing in the last few months over rumors that they have been dating again, despite Brown’s romantic relationship with aspiring model Karrueche Tran.

“We did two records — one for my fans, one for his fans — and that way our fans can come together,” Rihanna explained. “There shouldn’t be a divide, you know? It’s music and it’s innocent.”

Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake” is currently #51 on the iTunes music store.

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