Rihanna Talks Chris Brown, ‘Girls Can’t Tell..Their Boyfriend Beat Them Up’
In an exclusive interview with Glamour Magazine, Rihanna finally speaks out about the situation with Chris Brown in which she was beaten to the point that her face was black and blue, which lead to Brown being arrested, as reported on HipHopRx.com.
Glamour: Letâ€™s talk about this past yearâ€”youâ€™ve obviously been through some difficult things. How did the people around you help you cope?
Rihanna: My friends and family have been extremely supportive, and everyone has been there for me. But at some point you are there alone. Itâ€™s a lonely place to beâ€”no one can understand. Thatâ€™s when you get close to God.
Glamour: Are you referring to the [Chris Brown] incident?
Rihanna: I am talking about starting with the night [before] the Grammys and then on. That was not the only thing that occurred this year. The picture leakingâ€¦it was one thing after another.
Glamour: Youâ€™re talking about the photo [reportedly of Rihannaâ€™s injured face taken by police after Brown assaulted her] that was allegedly leaked by cops. You handled that so well; you kept silent in the press.
Rihanna: It was humiliating; that is not a photo you would show to anybody. I felt completely taken advantage of. I felt like people were making it into a fun topic on the Internet, and itâ€™s my life. I was disappointed, especially when I found out the photo was [supposedly leaked by] two women.
Glamour: How has this event changed you as a person, as a woman?
Rihanna: Iâ€™m stronger, wiser and more aware. You donâ€™t realize how much your decisions affect people you donâ€™t even know, like fans.
Glamour: Do you think youâ€™ve gotten your strength from your mom?
Rihanna: Definitely. My mom gave us the tools to surviveâ€¦. My parents separated when I was eight or nine. I helped her raise my [youngest] brother, because my mom was working all the time. Heâ€™s my favorite.
Glamour: Do you feel that this experience has laid the groundwork for coping with anything so public again?
Rihanna: It has taught me so much. I felt like I went to sleep as Rihanna and woke up as Britney Spears. That was the level of media chaos that happened the next day. It was like, What, there are helicopters circling my house? There are 100 people in my cul-de-sac? What do you mean, I canâ€™t go back home?
Glamour: If you could offer a message to the millions of young women who look up to you, what would you tell someone who found herself in a similar situation?
Rihanna: Domestic violence is a big secret. No kid goes around and lets people know their parents fight. Teenage girls canâ€™t tell their parents that their boyfriend beat them up. You donâ€™t dare let your neighbor know that you fight. Itâ€™s one of the things we [women] will hide, because itâ€™s embarrassing. My story was broadcast all over the world for people to see, and they have followed every step of my recovery. The positive thing that has come out of my situation is that people can learn from that. I want to give as much insight as I can to young women, because I feel like I represent a voice that really isnâ€™t heard. Now I can help speak for those women.
In other news, it was revealed that Rihanna will be appearing for the first time on national television for an interview on Good Morning America (Nov 5th and 6th) as well as ABC’s 20/20 (Nov. 13th). The singer will reportedly touch on her incident surrounding Chris Brown and herself, as well as her new album.