Rihanna finally has opened up about her thoughts and feelings regarding her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, who brutally assaulted her in February 2009, and she did it with (who else?) Oprah, for an hour-long special that aired Sunday night.
During the interview on Oprah’s Next Chapter, the 24-year-old pop star revealed that she’ll have a place in her heart reserved for her ex, even though he did her so very, very wrong.
Talking to Oprah, she says of Brown, “I am reminded by a lot of things. A lot of good memories we had. By the slightest things: hotel rooms, tour venues. Any little thing: music, songs. And I do miss him at times.”
Looking back on the media attention surrounding the incident, the singer best summarizes it as “a circus”, and says that when all blame went to Brown, she actually felt protective of him.
“I felt like the only person they hate right now is him. It was a weird, confusing space to be in. As angry as I was, as angry and hurt and betrayed, I just felt like he made that mistake because he needed help … and who’s going to help him?”
She adds, “Nobody’s going to say he needs help. Everybody’s going to say he’s a monster without looking at the source . . . and I was more concerned about him.”
Rihanna says that even though the whole experience, which she calls “humiliating” and “embarrassing”, had left her with anger and sadness towards Brown, she also has found it hard to let him go. She said, “I lost my best friend. Everything I knew switched, switched in a night, and I couldn’t control that.”
Wow, I’m glad to see Rihanna has finally opened up. She seemed to come forward perfectly honest and hopefully she has gotten some sort of closure and piece of mind about the whole thing. Naturally, you tend to remember the good things about a relationship when it ends, but it’s always important to remember why a relationship didn’t end up working out. Remembering the negative things can be very helpful in the healing process (of breaking up) I believe. I hope she stays strong and has learned to never, ever tolerate abuse (mental/physical/emotional) from future partners. Nobody deserves that!