"I mean, damn, her eye's black and the sides of her face are all f----d up," a friend of the singer told Us Weekly for its upcoming issue, the New York Daily News reported. "But she keeps on saying she still loves him."
Brown, 19, allegedly abused the pop-princess on Grammy night, but, according to the Us article, Rihanna is resisting her family's pleas to cooperate with police. Brown was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats and released on $50,000 bail, but police are said to be gathering more evidence for the district attorney to bring more serious charges.
According to the magazine, Rihanna's relatives in her native Barbados are reportedly pleading with her not to worry about how jail time might affect Brown's career.
Family members also told Us that Rihanna is listless and suffering from headaches associated with the alleged assault, and that doctors are "concerned about contusions on the sides of her head."
"She hums sometimes, but she's more quiet than I've ever seen her," an friend told the magazine.
A Chicago Sun Times story, however, suggests that Rihanna is still seething over the incident despite any lingering feelings for Brown. The paper quotes an unnamed friend of Rihanna who says the singer is "royally pissed off" by what she calls Brown's ''cavalier and arrogant statement."
Though her camp declined to officially comment on Brown's apology someone close to the singer told the Sun Times that she was "appalled" by the non-apology.
"All of us, including Rihanna, don't understand how he can say he's sorry on the one hand, but still ... does not admit any guilt," the source told the Sun Times, adding, "He should have expressed more contrition."