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.