Rihanna Thankful for Her 'Fresh Start' with Chris Brown

03/01/2013 at 07:00 PM EST

Rihanna, Chris Brown: She's Thankful for  'Fresh Start'
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Rihanna calls her relationship with Chris Brown more grown up and a "fresh start" after their rockier early years together – which ended in her now infamous 2009 beating that sent Brown to jail.

Acknowledging their relationship in an interview for April's Elle U.K. (on newsstands March 6), the Barbados-born music and style icon, says that in five years she hopes to have a baby and to be healthy and happy.

And, yes, that vision of her future seems to include Brown by her side.

"Right now, that's just what we want, a great friendship, that's unbreakable," Rihanna, 25, described of her relationship with Brown, 23. "Now that we're adults we can do this right. We got a fresh start and we're thankful for that."



In five years? "I will probably have a kid," but in the short term, she's just praying for a month-long vacation and a break from her hectic touring.

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Mariano Vivacano / Courtesy ELLE UK

Rihanna told Elle that her new single, "Stay," is a story about true love and wanting it to last forever, and she now feels that way about Brown.

"You don't have that feeling with everybody so when you have it, you don't want to let go of it," Rihanna said. "I would definitely say he is the one I have that kind of relationship with."

She is sporting at least one symbol, however, that says to the world she will never be a victim again – a gun tattoo. While some have commented about its symbolism, Rihanna described it as empowering.

"Everybody wanted to know what was happening in my life. Is she a drug addict? No. Is she an alcoholic? No. Is she a victim? No," Rihanna said. "That's why I got the gun. It was a symbol of strength. I'll never be a victim."

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