Rihanna on Chris Brown: “I Never Thought I’d Feel That Pain in My Life”

Rihanna wears a silk crepe dress, Calvin Klein Collection, and bracelet by Neil Lane on Harper's Bazaar's August 2012 newstand cover.  Camilla Akrans for Harper's Bazaar

She doesn't drop any names, but Rihanna seems to allude to her notorious romance with Chris Brown in the August issue of Harper's Bazaar.

"When I was in love, I fell so hard. I was really, really, really in love," the "Where Have You Been" singer, 24, tells the magazine. "The way it made me feel was priceless. And in a blink of an eye my whole life changed. Everything that I knew was different."

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Although Rihanna and Brown, 23, officially parted ways in February 2009 following his infamous assault on her, they've remained connected — collaborating on two remix tracks earlier this past winter and, sources told Us Weekly, have been secretly hooking up for more than a year.

(Rihanna also dated baseball star Matt Kemp back in 2010, and has been linked to Brown's rival Drake, among others.)

Of that unnamed great romance, Rihanna tells Harper's Bazaar she's hesitant to fall in love again: "I never thought I’d feel that pain in my life. I’m afraid of feeling that again."

The chart-topping singer and Battleship star also suggests she's dumbfounded by her ever-shrinking body.

"I don't know if there's something going on with my body right now, but I'm eating everything in life!" Rihanna says. "I miss my ass. It just went away! I need a butt. I have an idea of one, but it's not living up to its full potential right now."

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