In an interview with Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America, Rihanna said she was wrong to go back to ex-boyfriend Chris Brown after he abused her. Rihanna also said she was “embarrassing” she fell in love with someone like Brown.
“That’s embarrassing that that’s the type of person that I fell in love with,” Rihanna said on Good Morning America. “So far in love. So unconditional that I went back. It’s humiliating to say this happened.”
Rihanna said going back to Chris Brown after he beat and bit her the night before the Grammy Awards set a bad example for women who are victims of domestic violence. “When I realized that my selfish decision for love could result in some young girl getting killed, I could not be easy with that part… Even if Chris never hit me again, who is to say that their boyfriend won’t? Who’s to say that they won’t kill these girls?”
Even though it was “humiliating” to have to admit she was abused by Chris Brown, Rihanna said she felt she needed to speak out for domestic violence victims. “It’s completely normal to go back. It’s not right. I learned the hard way, but again, this is what I want people to know.”
Speaking out was difficult for Rihanna, however. “There are a lot of women who’ve experienced what I did, but not in the public. So it made it really difficult. I just felt like, ‘Oh my God, here it goes, my little bit of privacy.”