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Even if this past year has been one she'd rather forget for many reasons, Rihanna has been named one of Glamour magazine's Women of the Year for 2009.

Continuing a series of interviews this week to promote her upcoming album, Rated R, Rihanna opens up to the magazine about her brutal February beating.

As we all know by now, the vicious attack perpetrated by then-boyfriend and "first love" Chris Brown was one of the biggest celeb news stories of the year.

One that she says "taught me so much."

"I went to sleep as Rihanna and woke up as Britney Spears," the 21-year-old singer says. "That was the level of media chaos that happened the next day."

"It was like, wait, what, there are helicopters circling my house? There are 100 people in my cul-de-sac? What do you mean, I can’t just go back home?"

Rihanna Glamour Cover

Rihanna: Glamour's new cover girl.

Rihanna says she was "humiliated" by haunting photos of her bruised face that leaked onto the web in the aftermath of Brown pummeling her senseless.

"That is not a photo you would show to anybody," she says. "I felt completely taken advantage of ... as if, like, people were making it into this fun topic."

Of the pic posted by TMZ, she adds, "It's my life. I was disappointed, especially when I found out the photo was [supposedly leaked by] two women."

And while Rihanna raises the unwavering support of friends and family throughout the ordeal, she's blunt about her state of mind in those dark days.

"At some point," she admits, saying that after what she went through that night, "you are there alone. It's a lonely place to be, no one can understand."

"Domestic violence is a big secret. My story was broadcast all over the world for people to see, and they have followed every step of my recovery. The positive thing that has come out of my situation is that people can learn from that."

One pillar of support? Her mom, who separated from her dad when Rihanna was eight. "My mom gave us all the tools to survive. I helped her raise my [youngest] brother, because my mom was working all the time. He's my favorite."

Rihanna may be a style icon, but what she really aspires to be is a role model for victims of domestic abuse, something she still thinks is a secret for too many people.

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Nine months after she was assaulted by then-boyfriend Chris Brown, Rihanna is finally breaking her silence about the infamous night that left her bruised and bloodied.

What made the incident hardest on Rihanna was the fact that Brown had held such a special place in her heart: "He was definitely my first big love," the star admits.

That's gotta hurt, Negus Sealy.

In the interview with Diane Sawyer, airing on Good Morning America Thursday and 20/20 Friday, she warns, "This can happen to me, it can happen to anyone."

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Rihanna opens up to Diane Sawyer about Chris Brown.

Both singers have worked to move on since that awful night, with Brown serving his community labor sentence in Virginia and working on his new album, Graffiti.

That record drops December 15. Rihanna is shaking things up her fourth album, Rated R, on November 23. Her latest single, "Wait Your Turn" debuted Monday.

What else will she have to say about her lover-turned-attacker when the full interview airs later in the week? We'll have the latest for you as soon as we know.

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Speaking about Chris Brown for the first time since he assaulted her back in February, Rihanna will break her silence later this week in a two-part interview with ABC's Good Morning America (Thursday) and 20/20 (Friday).

The 21-year-old star finally "tells her story" about what happened that night and how the former lovers have responded since then, according to a network promo.

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Brown, who was sentenced to five years of probation, 180 days of community labor and a year of domestic violence classes, has publicly apologized repeatedly.

Chris also blatantly pined for Rihanna on Twitter and YouTube quite recently.

Rihanna, whose new song, "Wait Your Turn," dropped today, has been silent.

The interview kicks off a PR tour for her highly anticipated fourth album, Rated R, which comes out November 23. It will be interesting to hear what she says.

Specifically, does she blame herself at all for the incident, in which Brown beat, choked and threatened her in a fit of rage - and does she forgive what he did?

Before that fateful evening in February, Rihanna and Chris Brown might have been the hottest couple in music. Now they're just a couple of hotheads in music.

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Rihanna's latest single, "Wait Your Turn," has just been released.

"Wait Your Turn" follows the debut single from her newest album, "Russian Roulette." So far, a lot of fans are saying, not so good for the insanely popular singer.

Many think following up her smash hit record Good Girl Gone Bad with these two singles doesn't bode well for Rated R, which will be released later this month.

What do you think, though? That's what we want to know.

Can't wait to hear it again? Wish you had waited for her next song? Take a listen to Rihanna's newest single below before it's taken offline and vote below!

What do you think of "Wait Your Turn" by Rihanna?

 

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Sorry if we got your hopes up there. Rated R refers to the title of Rihanna's new album. The headline was in no way meant as a commentary on our part.

In fact, if you want to be critical based on the hype, the cover itself is pretty PG-rated compared to most of the stuff the singer wears on a daily basis.

We admit we're just a little bit disappointed.

It's still hot, though. Not unlike Rihanna's new single, "Russian Roulette," which has been blowing up the Internets since it was turned loose last week.

Take a look at Rihanna's Rated R album cover, which bears some similarity to the just released Adam Lambert album cover for For Your Entertainment ...

Rihanna Rated R Album Cover

Rihanna is back on the music scene in R-Rated fashion.

At the very least, we hope this bad-ass signals a newer, more bad-ass Rihanna. Not someone who Tweets links to sappy YouTube videos. Sorry, Chris Brown.

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Chris Brown is gettin' all introspective and emotional these days.

There's little doubt who the troubled star was referring to when he took to his Twitter page to virtually reflect on and yearn for "The Way We Used to Be."

He linked to a fan-made YouTube video montage, set to the tune of R. Kelly's "The Way We Used to Be," showing footage of Rihanna and Chris Brown.

Back before he destroyed their love and her cheekbones, that is.

"IM SORRY YALL. JUST HAD TO POST IT," he wrote with the link.

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In other news, Chris' Twitter name is MechanicalDummy.

It was a pretty blatant appeal to the ex-girlfriend he's not allowed within 100 yards of. But Brown, who released his new single last week, wasn't done there.

A few minutes after posting the video, the singer Twittered the following message of inspiration to all you love-struck guys out there: "FOR THE FELLAS: showing emotion doesn't make u weak... BEING HONEST MAKES U STRONG."

That may be. But a YouTube video set to a song by a guy best known for urinating on girls and child porn charges may not be the best way of showing it.

Here's a look at the way Chris Brown and Rihanna used to be ...

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Rihanna is known for style moves that most of us could never pull off, but she manages to because her sense of fashion and hairstyles are just that unique.

This newest hair affair of hers, however? Iffy.

We're not sure what she's going for here. Should she keep it? Does it just kind of work because it's her? Does it make you want to play "Russian Roulette"?

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Vote in our poll below and let us know!

What do you think of Rihanna's new hair?

 

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Rihanna is back on the radio, having debuted her comeback single, "Russian Roulette" on Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM radio show in L.A. Tuesday morning.

The first single off her new album Rated R marks her return to the music scene, a welcome relief after months of talk about the Chris Brown incident.

No word on whether Justin Timberlake and Rihanna are dating or even hooked up, but the new track definitely has a little bit of a JT vibe to it. Maybe.

Click to listen to her new song below, at least before it's taken down, and tell us what you think of "Russian Roulette" by voting in the below survey:

What do you think of Rihanna's new song?

 

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Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel might be broken up - but they are definitely having relationship problems.

In the latest issue of Star, the supermarket tabloid reports on the one-word reason for the tension between Justin and Jessica: Rihanna.

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Reportedly, JT brought SexyBack under RiRi's Umbrella at a MTV Video Music Awards gathering on September 13, as the singers grinded in front of onlookers... and then moved on to her hotel room for a "steamy, private after-party," the magazine states.

“They tried to keep it a secret, but Jessica found out within days,” said a source, adding that Biel "must be a wreck" over the news.

While the publication won't come out and label Timberlake and Rihanna as an official item, it does go into detail about their close contact. You might wanna turn away (and unclench your fists), Chris Brown:

“Rihanna and Justin have been talking and texting on the phone nonstop since the VMAs,” sand ain insider. “She asked him on the phone, ‘Are you still with Jessica?’ And he hinted that things were cooling off between them.”

But it's quite the opposite for this gorgeous pair. Sources say Rihanna "wants to date" JT and even gave him an impromptu lap dance during a recording session this month!

Is this a good match for Timberlake? Who do you think he should date?

 

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This is celebrity fashion at its finest.

Looking casual in a black tank top and no bra, Rihanna's nipple rings are on display thanks to flash bulbs from the celebrity gossip media following her every move.

Which makes you think it's all on purpose. Shocking.

It's as if she wants to prove beyond a doubt that those Rihanna nude pictures that surfaced earlier in the year, but were never commented on, are really her.

Check out the latest Rihanna fashion statement below, then click on the images for an even closer inspection if you can't see it (and are into that stuff) ...

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  • Rihanna Nipple Ring

Rihanna's nipple ring is on full display here, which is really awesome, if you're into nipple rings and other body piercings. [Photos: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]