Rihanna tells Glamour about Chris Brown attack, named 2009 Woman of the Year
While we're waiting to see what Rihanna tells Diane Sawyer about Chris Brown's attack from February, we have a cover story from Glamour to keep us busy. It's like she's got a new album to sell or something.
"My story was broadcast all over the world for people to see. They have followed every step of my recovery," ," she tells the mag, which named her the 2009 Woman of the Year. "The positive thing that has come out of my situation is that people can learn from that. 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."
But while she wants to be a voice for victims, she says the attention was more than she bargained for.
"I went to sleep as Rihanna and woke up as Britney Spears. That was the level of media chaos that happened the next day," she says. But nine months puts things in perspective. "I am stronger, wiser and more aware. You don't realize how much your decisions affect people you don't even know, like fans."
Yeah, you know, those fans who've made you rich and famous? Those people you don't know? Who knew they paid attention to you? And what about that photo of you battered and bruised that leaked online?
"It was humiliating: that is not a photo you would show to anybody," she says. "I felt completely taken advantage of. I felt like people were making it into a fun topic on the Internet, and it's my life."
Maybe that's when she should have said something, and not nine months later, but in this case, it's truly better late than never.