Singer Rihanna, just named Esquire magazine's "Sexiest Woman Alive 2011," tells the magazine in its new issue that she bears no ill will toward her former boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty in 2009 to felony assault for beating her. In fact, she says, she remains a fan and is happy for his success.

"It's incredible to see how he pulled out of it the way he did," she told interviewer Ross McCammon. "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. 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."

The four-time Grammy Award-winning and multiplatinum-selling pop star added, "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."

In additional interview segments posted only online, Rihanna, 23, says she sometimes goes out in the audience to watch the opening act at her shows. "I put on a really big hoodie and sneak out there," she says. Asked if she's ever recognized, she replies, "Sometimes, but I'm too close for them to freak out. If they touch me, somebody's going to tackle them."

She also says she doesn't find her concerts overly sexual. "At the end of a concert, I don't feel like I've been this sexy thing. Really, I don't even think about it. . . . There's a section that's called "Sex" in the show, which is the obvious section for sexuality. . . . hat's the only part that's deliberate, you know?"

She performed at Nassau Coliseum in July.

Rihanna, 23, is the magazine's eighth "Sexiest Woman Alive," succeeding last year's Minka Kelly. Angelina Jolie was the inaugural winner in 2004.

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