Rihanna on Chris Brown: 'We're Very Close Now'

05/06/2008 at 04:15 PM EDT

Rihanna on Chris Brown: 'We're Very Close Now'
Courtesy Elle

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Rihanna is singing a new tune.

The Good Girl Gone Bad, 20, has played coy – except for minor PDA in a pool in Jamaica – when it comes to her "friendship" with fellow R&B stunner Chris Brown, 19. But the "Umbrella" singer unsealed her glossy lips in Elle's June issue.

"We've always been friends," she tells the magazine, "but we're very close now."

Although the Barbados-bred beauty, who is currently on tour with Kanye West, doesn't comment any further on her relationship with Brown, she does put to rest the rumors regarding the other man in her life: mentor and boss Jay-Z.

"I get asked about it all the time and I'm like, 'You're asking, but you know the answer,'" she says of the rap mogul, who married Beyoncé in April – to Rihanna's surprise. "I don't even like to address it anymore."

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