Rihanna Speaks About Night Chris Brown Attacked Her

In the second part of her interview with Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America, Rihanna said she still loves and cares for Chris Brown, despite the abuse she received at his hands.

Rihanna on 'Good Morning America'
Rihanna on 'Good Morning America'

“I don’t hate him at all,” Rihanna said of ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. “I actually love and care about him and I’m concerned about him doing well. I want him to do well — have a great career, have a great life, and grow up. Just take this as something that you had to go through to grow up and learn.”

Rihanna said her relationship with Chris Brown verged on “obsession” and the “more in love we became, the more dangerous we became for each other – equally as dangerous.”

Speaking about the night she was attacked and beaten by Brown, Rihanna said an argument started when she saw a text message on his phone from another woman. Rihanna said she confronted Brown about the message.

“I caught him in a lie and he wouldn’t tell the truth,” she recalls. “I wouldn’t drop it. I couldn’t take that he kept lying to me and he couldn’t take that I wouldn’t drop it, because obviously his back was up against the wall. The truth is right here in the text message. So it escalated into him being violent towards me and it was ugly.”

“All I kept thinking the whole time is ‘When is it going to stop?” Rihanna said. ‘”When is it going to stop?'”

>> Previously: Rihanna on ‘Good Morning America’: Abuse Can Happen to Anyone

Rihanna on ‘Good Morning America’: Abuse Can Happen to Anyone

Rihanna is speaking out publicly for the first time about the abuse she suffered at the hands of ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. In interviews with Good Morning America and Glamour magazine, Rihanna finally opens up about the terrible attack that left her battered in both body and soul.


On February 8, 2009, Rihanna failed to appear for a scheduled performance at the 2009 Grammy Awards. Reports soon surfaced the singer had been the victim of a domestic violence assault by then boyfriend Chris Brown. A leaked photograph from the Los Angeles Police Department revealed Rihanna had been beaten and physically abused. Brown later pleaded guilty to felony assault and received five years probation.

“This happened to me… it can happen to anyone,” Rihanna tells Diane Sawyer of the attack in a Good Morning America interview set to air on Thursday and Friday.

Speaking in the December issue of Glamour, Rihanna says the leak of the photo of her injuries to the media was humiliating. “I felt like people were making it into a fun topic on the internet, and it’s my life… That is not a photo you would show to anybody.”

Rihanna says the experience had a profound effect on her. “My friends and family have been extremely supportive, and everyone has been there for me,” she tells Glamour. “But at some point you are there alone. It’s a lonely place to be—no one can understand.”

“The positive thing that has come out of my situation is that people can learn from that,” Rihanna continues. “I want to give as much insight as I can to young women, because I feel like I represent a voice that really isn’t heard. Now I can help speak for those women.”

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