In her first statement since she was allegedly attacked by beau Chris Brown, Rihanna thanked fans for their support but is declining to address the felonious accusations against her boyfriend, citing an ongoing police investigation.
"At the request of the authorities, Rihanna is not commenting about the incident involving Chris Brown," read a statement released by Rubenstein Associates.
"She wants to assure fans that she remains strong, is doing well, and deeply appreciates the outpouring of support she has received during this difficult time."
The statement comes after TMZ released a chilling Rihanna photo that shows her battered face with bruises on her forehead, bloody lips and other marks.
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the leak which LAPD Chief William Bratton said is "an embarrassment to this department" and possibly a criminal conspiracy offense that could result in up to three years in prison.
Chris Brown remains under investigation for the attack on Rihanna before the Grammy awards in L.A. on February 8. An apparent "booty call text message" triggered an argument that ultimately left her badly hurt and unconscious.
Both stars were due to perform at the awards show, but subsequently dropped out; Brown surrendered to the authorities as the ceremony was under way.
Since the alleged attack, both stars have kept a low profile, but Brown did issue a brief statement of remorse last weekend. His apology stated, in part, "Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired."
The statement did not mention Rihanna by name.
Friday was Rihanna's 21st birthday. The platinum-selling star canceled a big b-day bash in New York and postponed concerts overseas following the incident.