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    Rihanna Still a "Fan" of Chris Brown, "Excited" for His Comeback

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    Rihanna may not be interested in ever talking to Chris Brown again, but that doesn't mean she's not a fan of his music.

    The Barbadian beauty, who was just named Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive, tells the mag she no longer holds any ill will toward her ex, who viciously assaulted her in 2009.

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    "It's incredible to see how he pulled out of it the way he did. Even when the world seemed like it was against him, you know?" says Rihanna. "Obviously, I had some resentment toward him for a while, for obvious reasons. But I've put that behind me. It was taking up too much of my time. It was too much anger."

    What's more, despite the rage she once felt, the songstress insists there's still a place for Brown—if not in her heart, then on her iPod.

    "I really like the music he's putting out. I'm a fan of his stuff. I've always been a fan," she reveals. "I'm really excited to see the breakthrough he's had in his career. I would never wish anything horrible for him. Never. I never have."

    Clearly, the sexiest woman alive is so much more than that.

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