The star has given a revealing interview to The Observer, where she has insisted the man convicted of assaulting her at a 2009 pre-Grammys party is 'not a monster', and has a 'fantastic heart'.
Rihanna and Chris Brown confirmed their reunion last month
When it was put to her his recent public outbursts of anger (he was involved in a car park brawl with Frank Ocean last month) meant he hadn't changed, she admitted:
"I know it comes off like that, and it doesn't help. For a long time he was really angry... there's so many reasons why I ever reconsidered having him in my life. He's not the monster everyone thinks.
"He's a good person. He has a fantastic heart. He's giving and loving. And he's fun to be around. That's what I love about him - he always makes me laugh."
She also admitted she is already thinking about children, adding: "Hell yeah, but I wish I could order them."
Chris Brown attended Elton John's Oscars viewing party on Sunday night
The couple's reunion was one of the many subjects criticised by Oscars host Seth MacFarlane at Sunday night's awards ceremony.
As he introduced the film 'Django Unchained', he said: "This is the story of a man fighting to get back his woman, who's been subjected to unthinkable violence. Or as Chris Brown and Rihanna call it, a date movie."