Rihanna says she was wrong for going back to Chris Brown
Singer Rihanna finally spoke out on her abusive relationship with Chris Brown on Good Morning America on Thursday, telling Diane Sawyer she wanted other women to avoid being blinded by love when they are being battered. And whatever you do, don't go back to the creep.
"It's completely normal to go back. You start lying to yourself," the 20-year-old singer said. "I'll say that to any young girl who is going through domestic violence: 'Don't react off of love.'"
Rihanna said she was ashamed to go back to him after the attack, to which he pleaded guilty to felony assault: "That's embarrassing -- that's the type of person I fell in love with. So far in love, so unconditional, that I went back," she said. "That's not what I want to teach people."
The interview, parts of which will be on Friday's GMA and 20/20 (watch part of it here), is her first since the February attack. The fact that she is a role model dawned on her because of the vicious assault, during which Brown choked, punched and even bit her.
"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 telling them, 'Go back,'" she said. "I didn't realize how much of an impact I had on these girls' lives until that happened. It was a wake-up call for me, big time, especially when I took myself out of the situation."
The lesson, she said, is that it was not an isolated incident, and not something she should be silent about, despite waiting until her latest album, Russian Roulette, was released to speak up.
"I am strong. This happened to me. I didn't cause this. I didn't do it. This can happen to me and it can happen to anybody."