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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.

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A judge recently told Chris Brown he was doing a great job at meeting his legal requirements.

While that may be true, the Rihanna-beater still needs major help in the PR department. Just read excerpts from an interview he gave to the Mojo in the Morning radio show on Wednesday, as Brown explained why he has affection for Tiger Woods:

  • Thuggin' it Up
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"Nobody has the right to place judgment or make any judgment on somebody else’s personal life when they’re not directly involved with them... they might be a fan, or might support what they’re doing but like if he plays golf, like that’s his sport, that’s his hobby, that’s his love, that’s what people love him for. They don’t love him for the other stuff that they talking about.

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Chris Brown hasn't beaten up a woman in months.

Such an impressive feat for the singer has earned him praise from a judge, as Brown was in court this week for a hearing on the progress in his felony abuse case.

Brown, C.

As TMZ reports, a judge reviewed documents turned in by Brown's lawyer yesterday and said the man that pled guilty to punching Rihanna is doing a "great job" so far. She said Brown has been attending court-ordered domestic violence counseling sessions and "working consistently" on his community labor.

Brown was so happy afterward, rumors say he faked a new set of tears.

His next progress report will take place on November 18.

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Get ready for ... wait for it ... the Chrusher Tour.

That's our name for it, not theirs, but they're welcome to it for a small royalty. Have your peeps call our peeps, fellas, or contact us via Facebook or Twitter.

In any event, Usher and Chris Brown are apparently hitting the road together. Mutual producer Bryan-Michael Cox recorded a segment for Jermaine Dupri’s Living The Life Youtube show and made the announcement personally.

Does that sound like a tandem you'd pay to see?

Chris Brown and Usher will be touring together.

Usher has been enjoying a solid year with the hit song "OMG" and as the mentor of the cultural phenom that is Justin Bieber. Not a bad guy to be associated with.

As for his touring partner, we haven't heard much from Chris since his fake BET Awards tears a few months back. Hopefully he's doing well, whatever he's up to.

Follow the jump for the aforementioned tour announcement ...

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Chris Brown defenders are not gonna like this one bit.

The singer received a lot of attention, both good and bad, for his tearful tribute to MJ at the BET Awards Sunday. As he sang "Man in the Mirror," Chris broke down.

Chris Brown BALLING

The display of Brown channeling Michael Jackson and the lyrics hitting close to home united fans in support. Queen Latifah openly said Brown deserves forgiveness.

Yet an insider tells Us Weekly today that it was fake.

CROCODILE TEARS? The sincerity of Chris Brown's display is debatable.

Before he took the stage, a backstage source says one of Brown's bodyguards gave the singer tear-inducing eye drops: "He rubbed it in and he started crying."

Brown's rep denies it, telling Us that Brown simply "was moved by the opportunity to pay tribute to his idol." But the witness says Brown definitely used drops.

We may never know for sure, but it's not the biggest stretch in the world. Was Brown's tribute a blatant ploy for positive PR or a sincerely moving homage?

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Queen Latifah is on Team Chris Brown.

The star's performance at the 10th Annual BET Awards Sunday, which she hosted, was "amazing, just amazing," she raves. "Not only was it a knockout performance, but his heartfelt emotion ... you can't plan that, you can't write that, it's just truth."

Fans have since argued what the truth actually is - specifically whether Brown's Michael Jackson tribute on stage was genuine or a shameless attempt to exploit the late King of Pop's legacy for some badly-needed positive PR.

The Queen says it's time to forgive Chris.

Queen Latifah has Chris Brown's back.

"He is young guy, he made a big mistake and he needs to bounce back from that. And he needs an opportunity for a second chance," she says. "We can't condemn that kid. He's a kid and he needs to correct the mistake for the future, not live in the past."

"He needs to be forgiven. Enough already. We can't keep beating him up. She [Rihanna] is going to grow, he's going to grow and we have to allow them both to do that."

What do you think?

Is Latifah glossing over what happened or are people being too hard on Brown? Has the public scrutiny gone on too long, or is it just part of what Chris must bear?

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Just 24 hours before his emotional Michael Jackson tribute at the BET Awards, Chris Brown was searching deep within himself ... and the cleavage of Jenna Bentley.

At a Playboy Mansion party the previous night, Brown was apparently impressed with Bentley's assets, and according to an eyewitness, couldn't resist a squeeze.

The Kandyland party, which featured a special performance by Sean "Diddy" Combs in addition to naked babes, was held to raise money for the Karma Foundation.

Here's Chris with a little kandy of his own ...

Chris Brown, Jenna Bentley

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Last night's BET Awards featured lots of big names - Kanye West, Usher, T.I. - but perhaps the most talked-about performance came from Chris Brown.

The embattled singer, who has kept a relatively low profile of late, provided an emotional tribute to the late Michael Jackson, breaking down in tears.

Chris was introduced by Michael's brother, Jermaine Jackson.

After a lengthy performance featuring the sickest Michael-inspired dance moves you'll ever see, Brown took the mic to sing "Man in the Mirror" and lost it.

Nearly six minutes into the elaborate MJ homage, his voice cracked, he couldn't sing, and at one point he crumpled to the stage in apparent agony.

MAN IN THE MIRROR: For Chris Brown, that Michael Jackson hit took on an entirely different meaning as he paid tribute to his idol on stage at the 2010 BET Awards.

Coupled with the one-year anniversary of Michael's death, the moving moment was made even more so by the song's lyrics and Chris' recent past.

The 21-year-old returned to the stage later to apologize to his fans: "I let you all down before, but I won't do it again. I promise you," Brown said.

Say what you will about the guy and what he's been through, the performance was actually pretty cool and showed how MJ's music influenced him.

Was that really what it was about, though? Or was it about exploiting Michael's memory for some much-needed positive PR, as some fans have said?

Here's Chris Brown channeling Michael Jackson ...

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Chris Brown may have been denied entry by the U.K. because of last year's Rihanna incident, but he managed to put his extra time here in the U.S. to good use.

The singer has been busy rebuilding his image.

If he's trying to prove he's actually a good guy, this helps. Here's him handing $25,000 checks to the American Red Cross and the Central Virginia Food Bank:

Chris Brown made a pair of generous donations in the past week alone.

Brown Tweeted these photos personally, and some might say that he only gave to charity so he could publicize it and repair his image, but that's not entirely fair.

We'll use our own, frequent Angelina Jolie defense: No matter what his personal motivations for humanitarianism are, his money and time still goes a long way.

So, let us be the first to say: Good job Chris!

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UK officials announced that they have barred Chris Brown from entering Great Britain for a concert due to his vicious 2009 attack on his former girlfriend.

"Team Rihanna," Britain's Home Office said in a statement. Just kidding, they didn't say that, though it was basically the same sentiment they expressed.

"We reserve the right to refuse entry to the U.K. to anyone guilty of a serious criminal offence. Public safety is one of our primary concerns," the office said.

"Each application to enter the U.K. is considered on its individual merits."

Chris Brown was apparently found to be merit-free.

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"SORRY to all the fans in Europe!!! my tour is cancelled. Im pretty sure yall know. my entry was denied in your country. I love you. SORRY!!" Brown tweeted in a post subsequently deleted in favor of this official statement from his publicist:

"Due to issues surrounding his work visa, the Ireland and United Kingdom leg of Chris Brown's Keep Me Relevant Fan Appreciation Tour has been postponed."

"Chris looks forward to performing for his fans abroad in the near future and thanks them all for their continued support at this time."

Brown had been scheduled to perform in Glasgow, London and Manchester in the U.K., along with a stop in the Irish city of Cork. Not gonna happen.

The 21-year-old R&B star remains on trash detail as part of his five-year probationary sentence following his guilty plea in the Rihanna assault case.

Rihanna didn't have any visa woes for her UK tour dates this year. Just saying.

Chris Brown Biography

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Birthplace
Tappahannock, Virginia
Full Name
Christopher Maurice Brown
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