Rihanna: THE INTERVIEW

November 5th, 2009 // 61 Comments

In an interview with Diane Sawyer on today’s Good Morning America, Rihanna talks about her humiliation for not only being beaten by Chris Brown but going back to him after the incident:

“That’s embarrassing that that’s the type of person that I fell in love with,” Rihanna told “Good Morning America’s” Diane Sawyer in her first television interview discussing the assault. “So far in love. So unconditional that I went back. It’s humiliating to say this happened. To accept that? It’s a traumatizing experience.”
Her decision to go back to Brown, she said, was a mistake.
“I stayed. I even went back after he beat me, which was wrong,” she said. “But again … I’m a human being and people put me on a very unrealistic pedestal. And all these expectations, I’m not perfect.”
The 21-year-old star acknowledged that Brown held her in a headlock twice that night and bit her on the ear and fingers.

Rihanna also realized young girls look up to her and she was setting a horrible precedent by staying with Chris Brown who apparently fights like he was told he couldn’t have a juice box while watching Dora:

“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,” she said. “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. I couldn’t be held responsible for going back.
“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?” she said. “These are young girls and I just didn’t realize how much of an impact I had on these girls’ lives until that happened.”

While it’s a little too convenient Rihanna’s coming forward just weeks before the release of her new album, I can also see how it’s the perfect time to be a role model for young girls in abusive relationships. I dunno, maybe it would ease my conscious if she talked more about the importance of identifying warning signs. Like that time Chris Brown punched a kitten because his custom Xbox didn’t have enough diamonds – then angrily waxed his vagina. That kind of stuff.

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  1. Juhaline

    1:st!

  2. taz

    Why is this girls considered hot? I could look out the car window anytime and find someone much hotter. What is the obsession?

  3. Rough, break his silence

    Puh- lease! Madison avenue @ work! just take off your clothes…

  4. DRK

    She’s an idiot for going back to him and he needs a face rearrangement. People like him are pathetic.

  5. Pat

    I watched the interview. In all seriousness, the more she talks the more I understand why he hit her.

  6. dude

    this thing is so odd looking….yikes

  7. Meh

    There are women around the world that go through a lot more than just being slapped around by your celebrity boyfriend, with much more severe repercussions than leaked pictures to the tabloids and being “embarrassed”. And I’m sure the level of care she received was incredible in comparison to what these women receive. You speak about being put on an unrealistic pedestal, how about voluntarily taking yourself off of it then instead of exploiting it?

    I’m not going to claim I’m the most compassionate person, but at the same time, it’s pathetic that this sort of thing has a light shone on it like Rhianna is the first women to be abused by her idiot boyfriend, using the role model excuse.

    Then again, things are always put in much worse of a light and excuses pulled out the ass, when you’re trying to promote your new album. I’m sure this will skyrocket sales, at the same time, I’m sure it will help Chris Browns sales too :P Well played Chris and Rhianna, well played.

  8. fgkdhgkh

    Looooove the way she talks/her accent.

  9. Ricard

    She got hit by her boyfriend. Big fucking deal. Get the fuck over it.

  10. HIV Alert

    Both yesterday and today I had virus alerts so what the fuck?
    I love the site otherwise. (Hackers and bankers – preying on the living)

  11. dude

    She deserved it. the writer has no idea why he hit her so why make judgements. she obviously did something horrible to him.

  12. Sithlord

    what people do for publicity. now that her album’s coming out, she breaks her silence to have the lime light shine at her.

  13. Ari

    First time I heard her interview, she has a slight accent =o. What Chris did was very wrong. Still don’t like her tho >_>.

    Also, why does being bold mean dressing slutty? And WHY on earth does she have this stupid hairstyle. It’s fugly.

  14. steph

    she sounds like shes full of shit

  15. hpeszti

    Facebook is an asshole, so I’m gonna have to re-write my awesome comment:

    good thing she’a singer, cause compared to her Megan Fox is a fucking-oscard-winning actress. do you know why she just came out with this?(other than to help her sell records) it’s cause SHE IS THE WORST PUBLIC SPEAKER EVER. For fuck’s sake, I’m not even a native english speaker, and I can put sentences together better than she does… I know that she’s like soo um embarassed and like soo umm scared and like soo ummm ashamed…
    And before people start whining i still think chris brown should become someone’s bitch in a prison, but still.
    this did not convience me at all…
    and does she intentionally makes herself look uglier?that’s her plan,so ppl won’t hit her anymore?or wtf is up with this hairstyle?

  16. FACE

    no. 9 said it all. Women get their asses whipped everyday adn no one gives a damn. One useless pop whore gets tossed for bgeing a silly bitch and we have to cry for years for her. 99% of chicks who get beat down deserve it. It a man lays mans on you, leave. Problem is most dont.

  17. lol

    LOLOL THE FUZZY TURTLENECK SWEATER… always a staple in ‘serious’ interviews with popstars. fucking hysterical!!!

  18. Douchebag says, "What?"

    JFC, who cares what these monkeys do?

    I have never seen any indication that these subhuman baby daddies and baby mommas be doin’ nuffin but fuckin’ and druggin’ and stealin’ and ignorantin’.

    I hope that they ALL kill each other.

  19. Sport

    Just another diva with an overinflated opinion of herself and her place in society.
    Never found her attractive and when she opens her pie hole I am reminded why. It’s only a matter of time before she starts referring to herself fin the 3rd person during interviews.

  20. Jay z is a thug

    This bitch is nothing more than pre-packaged junk that jay-z is pushing for the ghetto rats. She has no talent & not hot. So she got beat up, big deal. Basically extended her 15 minutes to 30. Go away ho.

  21. FACE, #16 forms a sentence just about as well as Helen Keller. What an incompetent, ridiculous slob.

  22. havoc

    I saw some of the interview. I turned down the sound and played “Smack My Bitch Up”.

    It gave the interview much needed ambience….

    .

  23. Mitch Haase

    Chris Brown offered to give me a blowjob for $50 outside of a Taco Bell in San Francisco. I accepted.

  24. Recuse the twinkle

    mmmm rock-ribbed fibre romansh. purposeful ratiocination. decoder distasteful.

    quadrate clinch: Sunny consciousness Hawkins

    viscose uncorrupted David.

    Huffy Rheumatism stipulation, after all reservoir is philosophical.

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    Litchi strip Pope.

  25. If that’s the worst he can do, my four month old son can kick his ass. Why didn’t she just issue the beatdown back and dump his ass, sparing us all the whining? Oh, right, new album coming out, need the pity sales.

  26. Dearest Beloved #24

    Are you selling the medicine you are currently on? It sounds delicious!!!!

  27. Rancid

    So she got back with him not because she’s stupid, but because she “loved” him.

    So she loves being hit. That is the only logical conclusion.

  28. lori

    Nothing could be more humiliating than her ugly getups, stupid hairstyles, and totally unwarranted self-importance.

  29. another day in the Pimp world… work it b*tch, just work it

    BTW: wheres she from…jesus that sound native african english 2 me

  30. richard

    why is her forehead so gigantic?

  31. yaya

    rihana u r a witch.u chose moni to this guy.get more moni and buy drugs for ur dad.he has said he is sorry don u want him to die for u.who will manage dat ur used ass by many married men even.

  32. Peter

    I would have liked to hear her acknowledge that there were two previous incidents of domestic disturbance between she & Chris, both of which where Rihanna slapping or punching Chris. Also, she has admitted before that the night in question started with her attacking him. What he did was awful and unexcusable. It is never okay to attack your partner, but that goes for women, too. If she does not get control of her own temper and voilent disposition, she will quite quickly find herself back in the same situation. I don’t think that she should be a role model simply because she did not hit as hard as he did.

  33. Oliver Chester The Molester Lester

    The important question is does she like anal with 2 fingers in the pink?

  34. Anon

    I think you meant to write “conscience” as opposed to “conscious.”

  35. A

    I’m appalled at how many comments so far actually say she deserved to be beaten. It doesn’t matter WHAT she did…she, and every other woman on earth, does NOT deserve to be beaten. The fact that domestic violence is so prevalent does not make it ok and the fact that she chose to talk at all (even if it is at a great strategic time for sales) is a great way to raise awareness of domestic violence. You saw her face when she was beaten…this wasn’t just some slap in the face or even a punch. This beating was brutal and her celebrity status forced her into the limelight at a very difficult and personal time.

    In some ways she’s very lucky that she is in the spotlight because she had the entire world telling her, “WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING WITH THIS MAN?”

    My own mother was not so lucky. She stayed with an abusive man for love and the abuse only worsened to the point of unspeakable emotional, physical, and sexual abuses.

    Let me reiterate to the ignorant posters before me…NO ONE (woman, child, man etc.) deserves any sort of abusive relationship and attacking her for telling her story is pathetic on your part. She may be “Rihanna” but she’s also a human being and treating her like some kind of product that deserves this treatment simply because of her celebrity status is wrong. Plain and simple.

  36. Rush Limbaugh

    Dear Superficial Writer:

    It’s good to be honest about people who resort to physical violence against other people. It’s good to expose their (inherent) hypocrisy.

    It’s good to be unforgiving when those people don’t really demonstrate any understanding of why it’s wrong.

    But, really, where’s the vagina joke coming from?

    If anything, a vagina (and the estrogen that usually comes along with one) would make him LESS likely, statistically speaking, to be involved in this sort of crime.

    I know you’re in the habit of talking smack about female genitalia, on account of you’re clearly and proudly a misogynist. I still visit the site, because at least you’re a funny one, enough that you make light of your own fixation/issues with women now and again.

    But I hope that some day you’ll feel comfortable talking smack about male genitalia or bodies now and again, just to *pretend* to play fair. And so your jokes can at least be loosely tied to your actual point.

  37. isitin

    #16 Face, what a moron you are for your statement,”99% of chicks who get beat down deserve it.” You are a piece of worthless shit for saying something like that. Go to an an abuse centre for women & ask anyone of those woman if they deserve it. They will tear you apart. Fucking idiot redneck.

  38. Claire

    I can’t believe some of the comments above. She speaks brokenly because she’s trying to keep herself from crying. She’s talking about something incredibly personal, that obviously still tears her up, but she wants to hold it together because she’s become (without intending to do so) a spokesperson for raising awareness about domestic violence.

  39. Danklin

    WILL YOU PLEASE STOP THE MOTHER FUCKING RIHANNA- CHRIS BROWN POSTS? HE BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF HER, HE’S A DICK, SHE’S AN IDIOT FOR TAKING HIM BACK. CASE CLOSED. THEY’RE BOTH FRIGGIN RETARDED. MOVE ON.

  40. What a tool

    #16 I agree with you except for the part about 99% of women deserve it. No one deserves it. What if that was your mom, douchebag? What if your dad kicked your mom’s ass on a regular basis just for “silly shit” as you put it. I agree with you that they should leave the guys that are beating them and the ones that dont are just asking to be beaten again. Women do need to step up and say im not going to take anymore of that shit. But to say that women deserve it sometimes is just fucked up and you’re a douchebag for even saying that.

  41. Aunt Jemima

    If White people wearing black face is racist then black people with blonde hair is too.

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  43. Why is this girls considered hot? I could look out the car window anytime and find someone much hotter. What is the obsession?

  44. Muffy

    Rihanna is full shit! The b!tch is evil! God, I wish she would’ve dated someone Like DMX or Eminem. You know someone who would not let E.T.’s little sister throw him under bus!

  45. Kristin

    holy forehead batman!

  46. Kristin

    holy forehead batman!

  47. Kristin

    fuck u double post

  48. Rob MT

    ALRIGHT, HER HAIR IS HIDEOUS AND SHE’S NOT THE BRIGHTEST BULB IN THE BOX…. ALL OF WHICH IS COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT! SOMETHING IS SERIOUSLY WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE AND IT IS A SAD WORLD WE LIVE IN WHEN YOU PEOPKE THINK IT’S A “NORMAL EVERY DAY THING” FOR A BOY, KEYWORD B-O-Y, TO BITE INTO HIS GIRLFRIENDS EAR, GIVE HER A BLACK EYE, BITE HER FINGERS AND SLAM HER FACE IN INTO A CAR WINDOW UNTIL IT’S COVERED WITH BRUISES. BUT HEY, IT’S “NO BIG DEAL” …”HAPPENS ALL THE TIME” “SHE DESERVED IT” SERIOUSLY. YOU PEOPLE ARE SICK IN THE HEAD……. SHE’S JUST A KID…… LEAVE HER LOOKS/MUSIC ASIDE…. IF THAT TRASHY DRESSED NAIVE GIRL WAS YOUR SISTER – WOULD YOU STILL SAY SHE DESERVED IT? PROBABLY. BECAUSE YOU’RE A F*CKING MORON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. Taco bell sounds good.

  50. duncan

    She cant even form sentences, her speech is terrible. Yeah, she got hit but it can’t deny the fact she is fucking dumb.

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