Rihanna on Good Morning America: Eff Love!

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In Rihanna's much-anticipated interview with Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America this morning, we saw a poised, beautiful girl talking about a painful subject.

She discussed how then-boyfriend Chris Brown beat her down in February, how she managed to break free from him and how she feels about it now: "Eff love."

Rihanna declares she's "strong" but still embarrassed and ashamed.

"I fell in love with that person. That's embarrassing," she says of Chris Brown. "That's embarrassing that that's the type of person that I feel in love with."

Even worse, she says, was how she went back to him unconditionally.

Sawyer noted that, on average, a woman will take a beating seven times before leaving. The 21-year-old star's chilling response: "Eight or nine, actually."

"I don't want that to happen ... It's completely normal to go back. You start lying to yourself," Rihanna admits. "The minute the physical wounds go away, you want this thing to go away. This is a memory you don't want to have ever again."

Rihanna says her teenage fans finally helped her ditch Chris Brown.

"When I realized that my selfish decision for love could result into some young girl getting killed, I could not be easy with that part," she explains.

"Even if Chris never hit me again, who's to say their boyfriend won't?"

"Who's to say that they won't kill these girls? These are young girls. I just didn't realize how much of an impact I had on these girls' lives until that happened."

"It was a big wakeup call for me," she adds. "I'll say that to any young girl who's going through domestic violence. Come out of the situation and look at it third person for what it really is and make your decision. Because love is blind."

Tomorrow morning's second segment will detail what happened in the car that fateful February night. The full interview will air on 20/20 on Friday evening.

Rihanna is finally breaking her silence to promote her new album, Rated R. Interestingly, Brown also has a new album out and is giving similar interviews.

Ironically, it is Chris who seems less apologetic than Rihanna to his fans, and still seems bitter at "haters," even though he has apologized for what he did.

"I'm confused right now as far as the public perception [of me]," he told MTV, adding that there are some people out there who "basically want me in jail."

Follow the jump for Rihanna's interview on Good Morning America ...


I think nemubr 5-going to a museum is a great tip that I hadn't heard before. Maybe you can bring up a conversation about sex in the car ride home, so your kid can't escape and has to listen




Michael: I am a black female. I find your comment insulting. Who cares about the 2 black girls in your daughters class? Thats no reason to make blatant generalizations about a whole race. JEEZ! I am of the African American community of which U speak, and was raised to know domestic violence is unacceptable. Being from south-western Virginia(white & black Americans ONLY), I was in high school seeing WHITE girls come to school with bruises & I'd see the WHITE guy grabbing her in the hallway. Now what, its only UK African American or US Caucasion women? Plus R they still African American if theyre in the UK? Wouldnt they be African UK?


keish: I was hit by my ex, I didnt hit him first. Bcuz you R violent doesnt mean all 20 year olds females are. U sound rediculous & cold 2 me...no sympathy for her. nosipho: Simply cuz you're N a relationship with someone & not married gives them the right to put you at risk 4 disease? STUPID! I WILL read my boyfriends text. I want to know who it is Im giving myself to. CONDOMS DONT PROTECT AGAINST ALL DISEASES-Genital Herpes, Genital Warts, Crabs IDIOTS!!!!!


As the former wife of 80's pop star Stevie Woods, I believed each incident would be the last, but in reality, the violence only escalated through time. A victimizer will abuse every woman he's with. Love is a hard addiction to break, but you must end it before it ends your life.
-Cheri Woods


She looked grateful for the time it took over chris hits she now she back I'm glad for she looked all grown up now and alot of wisdon she have now and wise beyond her years...you Rihanna go lady....


Ok uou little idiots time for a lesson, let's see if you can follow: she could not speak out much before the plea bargin, that is a given, it happens everyday, secondly, she has an album coming out and instead of having every reporter continue to ask about the incident, instead of the album that she would be promoting, it makes good sense to give 1 big interview and answer all of the questions, so that when she hits the promotion circuit there will be no questions about the incident. You people are sick, its so easy to monday morning Quarterback. She said that she was mad, and she said that she would not let it go, how many of us do that? Does that mean that you should be beaten to a pulp? Unreal. I pray that you, your mother, sister, aunt or daughter never has to face something like this. Remember Karma tends to be a b****. I know with your ignorant mentality you probably won't get it. Its almost a waste of time. Maybe I can get to 1.


I was in her place, and yeah went back to the man but a 2 week hospital stay and the life of my son allowed me to be strong enough that even when I was in bed with my mother at my side and he took things he shouldn't have I knew I had my and my sons life.
She's done the best thing for women of all ages.


Rihanna was badly beaten, Chris Brown was unmarked. There was no mitigation raised by the defence in the court case in relation to her striking any first blows. That was tabloid gossip. It even extended to my daughters school in the UK. Oh yes, and speculation that she'd given him a std which appeared on various websites. Scarcely any of the girls excused Rihanna in my daughter's class apart from 2 Black girls who had grown up with violent fathers and thought men beating women for burning toast/reading text messages/being a bit annoying was normal. The fact that there are posters here who think it's ok to half strangle a woman because she's read your text message...well..I guess you're part of the problem, the problem being that there are massive levels of denial about domestic violence in the African American community.


I think its hard for her to speak out and the people that are critiquing her are the judgemental people that have been lucky enough to have never had to go through something like this.


Rihanna Biography

Rihanna in England
Rihanna is a young, hot and successful R&B singer who hails from the Caribbean island of Barbados. She is an artist signed to Def Jam... More »
Saint Michael, Barbados
Full Name
Robyn Rihanna Fenty

Rihanna Quotes

I get asked about it all the time and I’m like, You’re asking, but you know the answer. I don’t even like to address it anymore.

Rihanna [on rumors that she dated Jay-Z]

Sometimes you just need your privacy. But it comes with the territory. There's no privacy when you are out in the public.