Chris Brown and Rihanna may have had a rocky relationship during the many years they were together, but the “BBHMM” songstress will always have love for her ex-boyfriend. The pair broke up for the final time in 2009, several months after an argument between the two escalated into violence. Both have since moved on, but it seems there's no bad blood.

According to E! Online, during a recent interview with Vanity Fair for their November issue Rihanna, 27, revealed that leaving Brown, 26, wasn't easy. She told the popular fashion magazine she felt as though she was strong enough to handle the ups and downs of the relationship. In fact, Rihanna said she believed she was meant to act as a "guardian angel" for her troubled boyfriend.

She added that while she firmly believed she could have changed Brown, she eventually had to give up. Rihanna told Vanity Fair that in time she learned that staying with the "Loyal" singer after his assault against her was sending a message that she was OK with what he'd done. Despite the drama and abuse, she said she "will care about him until the day I die."

A hundred percent. I was very protective of him. I felt that people didn't understand him. Even after...But you know, you realize after a while that in that situation you're the enemy. You want the best for them, but if you remind them of their failures, of if you remind them of bad moments in their life, or even if you say I'm willing to put up with something, they think less of you -- because they know you don't deserve what they're going to give. And if you put up with it, maybe you are agreeing that you [deserve] this, and that's when I finally had to say, 'Uh-oh, I was stupid thinking I was built for this.' Sometimes you just have to walk away.

As Buzzfeed reported, in the same issue Rihanna was asked to discuss Rachel Dolezal, the NAACP president who was forced out of her position after it came to light that she was a white woman pretending to be black. Rihanna told Vanity Fair she thought Dolezal was "a bit of a hero" for what she'd done. She went on to say that she didn't think it was "such a horrible thing" that Dolezal had taken on the persona of a black woman as it provided people with a new perspective on racial issues. Her comments have caused a lot of backlash from fans, but it has yet to solicit a response from Rihanna.

Vanity Fair is just one of many covers Rihanna has graced recently. The Grammy winner was also chosen to appear on the front page of the Fader 100 cover. She appears on the magazine decked out in the latest pieces from her collaboration with Puma.