rihanna esquire portrait Rihanna: 'I'm a fan' of Chris BrownAlthough he’s serving out a five-year probation for assaulting her after a 2009 Grammy Awards pre-party, Rihanna says she’s happy her ex — Chris Brown — has found success.

“It was too much anger,” the 23-year-old singer says of any lingering resentment in the latest issue of Esquire. “I’m really excited to see the breakthrough he’s had in his career.”

Brown’s latest album, “F.A.M.E.,” debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in March and has since reached gold status.

“It’s incredible to see how he pulled out the way he did,” says Rihanna. “Even when the world seemed like it was against him, you know? I really like the music he’s putting out. I’m a fan of his stuff. I’ve always been a fan.”

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson