Rihanna Calls Chris Brown Assault a Needed Wake-Up Call, Turning Point

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Chris Brown's brutal assault on her shocked the world and rocked hers early last year. Not in a good way, either. But Rihanna says she has no regrets.

The 22-year-old singer tells the December issue of Marie Claire UK that "God has a crazy way of working" and that in a way, it was what she needed.

"Sometimes when stuff happens you feel like, 'What did I do to deserve this?' Why was it backfiring on me?'" she recalls. "But I needed that wake-up call."

"I needed a turning point, and that's what God was giving to me." - Rihanna

At the time, however, Rihanna says it was difficult to go through such a painful situation - and the end of the relationship - in the public eye.

"All this terrible stuff they say to you, it breaks you down," she says.

"[But] at the same time, once you're actually back on your feet - if you ever make it back on your feet - that's the ultimate achievement."

She says it wasn't easy to break up with Brown, but knew it was time.

Chris Brown pleaded guilty to a felony and accepted a plea deal that included more than 1,400 hours of community labor and five years probation.

Even so, it wasn't easy to call it quits with a person she loved. So how did Rihanna finally find the strength to end the toxic relationship?

"I remember I was in New York at the Trump Hotel and I woke up and I just knew I was over it. It was a different day. I felt different," she said.

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"I didn't feel lonely," she recalls. "I felt like I wanted to get up and be in the world again. It was liberating. That was a great, great feeling."

She hasn't looked back since.

"I feel like I smile for real this time. The smiles come from inside, and it exudes in everything I do," she says. "People feel my energy is different. When I smile they can tell that it's pure bliss and not just a cover up."

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YALL TITEN UP CHRIS BROWN DID HIS PART LOL DATS MY DAWG

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Lets move on.... Chris Brown is back and banging ya'lll with those woman beater domestic violance shiityy comment niggaaa please get over yaself, you effin lying ya knw ya ass bust chris's songs,its done and we moving on. i bet youre perfect huh lol idiots.. Love you Chris Brrrrreeeezzzzzyyyyy. i been a fan since 2006 still am Leggooooo!!!!
Play some yeahx3 music

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What the hell you dont have any respect for your self it's about time you got a woke up call it's been 3 years! No one has a right to treat a woman that way and the only type of woman who dosent tell is a soft woman but the soft lady needs to realise no man is worth the hurt!

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Unless you have been a victim of DV you do not know what you are talking about. I spent five years with an oh so charming man who for really no reason would slap and punch me, throw me down the stairs if his dinner was not to his liking or any number of reasons. Time to wake up people and realise violence is not the answer. Most woman and men take about 7 times of walking away to actually get out. Yes men are also abused.

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Just coincidence that interview weeks before her album release?... The same way she did last year. It seems that we have a stronge marketing strategy in here... Just saying.

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Ok CB beat her but has yet to speak out about what really happened. For all we know hey could have both been on drugs or something. She did not deserve that of course but who knows what really happened. Honestly everytime CB makes a new song or tries to come out with something else she brings this up again to drag his name in the mud all over again. She always seems to bring this up when it benefits her. Its funny how she didnt speak about this until days befor her album came out. Hmmm sounds like she is doing it for publicity to me. Rihanna needs to move on cuz every1 is sooooo over it and CB is finished what more doed she want!

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@REALTALK
STOP BEING ON CHRIS'S SIDE U LOOK DUMB IF U REALLY ARE 100% AGAINST DOMESTIC ABUSE, I THINK U NEED A WAKE UP CALL.
YOU PROBABLY DIDNT LIKE RIHANNA ANYWAYS.

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BY THE WAY @REALTALK STOP TAKING CHRIS SIDE JUST CUZ HES GOOD LOOKING, MAYBE U NEED A WAKE UP CALL SOMEDAY JUST CUZ U LIKE HIM FROM HIS LOOKS DONT MEAN HES INNOCENT DUMBASS!

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@REALTALK
WTF ARE U SMOKIN? NO WOMAN EVER DESERVES TO BE BEATEN.
BY THE WAY IT ALSO HAPPENED TO ME AND I DIDNT DO A DAMN THING WRONG OR PROVOKED MY EX, SO RU SAYING I DESERVED IT? STFU, YOUR THE ONE THATS A HOE! IF SHE DESERVED IT OR NOT, SHE DONT NEED TO BE BEATEN! MAYBE U DO.

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EVERYONE NEEDS TO STOP JUMPING ALL ON CB CAUSE YOU REALLY DONT KNOW THE TRUE STORY IM 100% AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BUT SHE AINT INNOCENT THAT MAN DIDNT GO OFF FOR NO REASON HER ASS DID SOMETHING SO STOP THE WOE IS ME CRAP RIHANNA HE PAYED FOR FUCKING UP...NOW LET THAT MAN BE