Many were outraged to learn that former couple Rihanna and Chris Brown were collaborating together following his assault on her in 2009 and their three year estrangement. Singer/songwriter The-Dream, however, voiced his support for the former couple's collaboration. The hitmaker, who has been the middle of his own romantic controversies before, said that fans should let the music speak for itself and accept that the two have made peace.
"For me, it's just music -- two talented people doing a record together, doing two records together, and that's what it was," The-Dream said in an interview. "It wasn't about an incident that happened. The true thing really is to forgive, and -- you want to believe in people. ... I think [the topic] that should be more on the tongues is: how do we proclaim to be a nation of forgiving, and we go by all of these rules and everything, but we can't actually do it? ... It actually makes you look weaker than your adversary -- if you don't have the power to forgive, but you lie and say that you did. Because this is about her. If she can forgive, that's where she is mentally. As a friend, it's like, 'Okay, cool. Let's roll.'"