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In a series of recent interviews, Rihanna recalled Chris Brown's assault on her in graphic detail, describing just how haunting and terrifying that night was.

She'd never take him back, she insists (not that the court would allow him to), but she's not completely turned off by her ex - she still listens to his music.

In an interview with The Bert Show on Q100 Atlanta, Rihanna said despite their violent past, she misses Brown, and his songs remind her of good times.

"When it comes on the radio I don't frown or turn it off, I just ... listen. I like his music," she said. "I've gotten over [Chris] but there are definitely constant reminders, and a lot of that comes from listening to his songs."

Sans Chris Brown, Rihanna is all smiles these days.

As for that rumor surfacing yesterday that she's now dating Tristan Wilds, Rihanna says that's not true. So not true that "I don't even have his number."

She says the 90210 cast member did come to a house party she had, and that they hung out, but that's it. As for whether she's looking for a boyfriend?

"No ... I'm a very flirty girl, though," she said, laughing. "I don't think I have the time or the energy for a relationship. It's like another career, really."

After how her last one ended, a little time off is probably good.

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When it comes to dating, Chris Brown may be "just chilling," but the abuser's ex is moving on!

New reports are linking Rihanna with 90210 stud Tristan Wilds, following a party the singer held over the weekend at her Los Angeles home. He attended it, much to the surprise of other guests.

"No one knew why Tristan was there initially because it was not an industry party," a witness told The New York Daily News. "But everyone quickly realized they weren't meeting for the first time because they were openly affectionate for everyone to see."

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Wilds got his big break on The Wire and has appeared in multiple music videos, including Jay-Z's "Roc Boys." He's working on his own CD and was introduced to Rihanna by a music producer.

"He's a real gentleman," said a source. "She likes him a lot, and it shows. From the moment he walked into her party, Rihanna lit up."

In September, Rihanna was romantically linked to Justin Timberlake. We wonder if he's now crying a river over the news that she's in sync with Wilds.

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Rihanna and Chris Brown debuted their new music videos over the weekend - their first since the highly publicized incident last February in which he kicked her a$$.

In large part because of that, the videos are wide open to interpretation and reading between the lines ... and neither are that good, in our opinion. But you tell us.

Below, Rihanna's first single from her new album, "Russian Roulette" portrays her bouncing around in a padded cell, facing off with a guy offering her a loaded gun.

Wonder what that represents? Check it out here:

As for Chris Brown's new release? Well, let's just say that "Crawl" feels more like a PR move than a music video. Cassie cast to play Chris' "ex" in the video? Hmm.

Does it work for Team Chris? You'll have to see and judge for yourself. Follow the jump to check out Chris' effort and vote on which comeback video is best ...

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From pain comes creativity. That's how Rihanna described letting down her guard and drawing from a private place to express herself in her new album, Rated R.

"I'm usually a very guarded person, so having to go in and reach deep into your emotions and personal things to say, it was very vulnerable," she told People.

Rihanna said the inspiration for her upcoming album, which will be released on November 23, come from "personal experiences mixed with rock and hip-hop."

Since February, when she was beaten by then-boyfriend Chris Brown, Rihanna has had to deal with court proceedings and criticism for taking Brown back.

In Rihanna's 20-20 interview last week, she revealed that Brown shoved her into a car window, punched her several times in the face, bit her and more.

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Rihanna is speaking out like never before.

She said part of the reason she is going public about the assault in all its graphic detail is to help other women who have been through the same thing.

"I'm really a woman, a human being," she said. "I go through real situations. It's great to have the opportunity to be a voice for women around the world."

While accepting the Woman of the Year award from Glamour on Monday, presented by the model Iman, Rihanna entered the stage and shed a tear.

She claimed it was the PMS at work, and then happily continued to thank her friends, mentor Jay-Z, her mother and grandmother for all their support.

And she actually made a joke, ribbing herself for her ivory Stephane Rolland dress. "As usual, I decided do the tightest dress I could find," she said.

Click to enlarge more Rihanna pictures of said dress Monday ...

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Having dominated headlines last week with her two-part Good Morning America and 20-20 interview detailing Chris Brown's brutal assault on her in detail and for the first time in her own words, Rihanna is ready to get back to the music.

To that end, she made a surprise cameo Sunday night at her mentor Jay-Z's concert at UCLA. We believe this is her first live performance since the Chris Brown assault, and while it's only one song, it doesn't look like she missed a beat.

Check out her performance with Jay-Z of "Run This Town" below ...

For more Rihanna live, follow the jump for a look at her performance of a new song, "Hard," at the very same venue. Not sure how we feel about this one ...

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Chris Brown has heard what Rihanna has to say about the beating he savagely administered in February – and he wishes she had just kept quiet about it.

Brown supports her right to tell her side of the story, but at the same time is not pleased with Rihanna's interview on Good Morning America and 20/20.

Chris said in a statement to MTV:

"I am extremely sorry for what I did, and accept accountability for my actions. At this point, I am taking the proper steps to grow from my mistakes."

"I only hope that others in similar situations can learn from our experience as well. Abuse of any kind is always wrong. The rest I leave it up to God."

"I maintain my position that all the details should remain a private matter between us," he added. "I do appreciate her support and wish her the best."

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While not denying or hiding from the assault that left his girlfriend battered and bruised, Chris Brown nevertheless wishes the details would remain private.

In a 20/20 interview Friday, Rihanna offered a graphic account of the February 7 fight with her then-boyfriend Brown, describing what she calls the terrifying blankness, a soulless void that seemed to come over him as he assaulted her.

"He was clearly blacked-out," she says. "There was no person when I looked at him."

Brown, who like Rihanna is releasing a new album in the near future (Graffiti drops December 8) declined to respond to his ex's specific comments.

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Yesterday on Good Morning America, Rihanna had a message for her fellow women who have suffered domestic abuse at the hands of their men: eff love!

She meant that in the sense that you can't take a man back just because you love him, as she did with Chris Brown. You have to stand up for yourself.

Today, in the second part of her interview with Diane Sawyer, Rihanna described, for the first time in her own words, just how bad Brown's attack was.

While it was all happening, Brown "had no soul in his eyes," she said.

We've read the police reports and seen the graphic, post-beating pics, but to hear Rihanna recount the events of the evening in detail is still shocking.

She says Chris really threatened to kill Rihanna for calling her assistant that night, and while she doesn't believe he ever follow through with that scare tactic, the physical abuse she recounts was both very real and deeply upsetting.

Rihanna in her interview with Diane Sawyer for GMA and 20/20.

"I fended him off with my feet from one ... side of the car, but ... it was not like, it was not like a fight with each other. I just ... wanted it to stop," she said.

"I was bleeding. I was swollen in my face. So there was no way of me getting home, except for, my next option was to get out of the car and walk ... start walking in a gown, in a bloody face? So I really don't know what my plan was."

"I didn't have a plan. That whole night was not part of my plan."

By the time the police came, she was already "battered" and when asked what caused the fight initially, she would only say that her boyfriend lied to her:

"I caught him in a lie. I was being more annoyed at that point in our relationship he had to lie about something so stupid, I couldn't take that he kept lying to me. And he couldn't take that I wouldn't drop it. And ... it was ugly."

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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."

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In a new excerpt released from Rihanna's two-part interview with ABC this week, the singer describes how her relationship with Chris Brown took a violent turn.

A turn she might have seen coming, she now says.

“The more in love we became, the more dangerous we became for each other,” she told Diane Sawyer in the interview scheduled to air on GMA tomorrow.

“He was definitely my first big love,” the somber-looking star, who recently opened up about the awful domestic violence she endured at his hands, added.

In the two-part interview, Rihanna will also discuss her family life, growing up in Barbados and how life has been for her since her split from Chris Brown.

Check out a promo for Rihanna's tell-all interview below ...

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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?"

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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.

Rihanna Biography

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Saint Michael, Barbados
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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.

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