When asked directly how her relationship with Brown, 19, is going during a recent visit to New York's Power 105.1's The Ed Lover Show, Rihanna, 20, replied: "We are great actually. We have been friends for three years now."
Not satisfied with the friendship remark, Lover further pressed Rihanna who is touring with Kanye West, on the topic. "Friends? But there are pictures of you kissy kiss," he said, which prompted Rihanna to respond: "We are very good friends."
Lover then asked the Barbados-born chanteuse about photos of the two songbirds canoodling in a pool in Jamaica earlier this year. Trying to deflect the questions, Rihanna was at a loss for words when she started "fiddling with the cord and blushing," said Lover’s producer, Lady O, who described the singer's behavior while on air.
The pair, who recently spent time together in New York City, have made headlines with their intimate European and Caribbean outings. But Rihanna understands privacy is hard to come by.
"People always want to know what it is and what it isn't. People think they know. They try to guess," Rihanna said. "Sometimes you just need your privacy. But it comes with the territory. There's no privacy when you are out in the public."