As one of Glamour's Women of the Year, Rihanna is finally breaking her ten-month silence to discuss the abuse she suffered at the hands of former boyfriend Chris Brown. Are Apologies Enough After Domestic Abuse?
In a revealing interview, the pop star explains how the aftermath of the ugly incident radically changed her life:
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It was humiliating...I felt like people were making it into a fun topic on the Internet, and it’s my life...I went to sleep as Rihanna and woke up as Britney Spears. That was the level of media chaos that happened the next day...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. I want to give as much insight as I can to young women, because I feel like I represent a voice that really isn’t heard. Now I can help speak for those women.
The Glamour piece is available online now, and the print version will appear in the mag's December issue. Rihanna also recently sat down with Diane Sawyer for a televised chat that will air tomorrow on Good Morning, America and Friday's edition of 20/20.
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We're happy that Ri has finally decided to address the very serious topic of domestic violence, but wish she had done so a bit sooner. Judging by the swarm of negative comments already on other gossip sites, many are suspcious of the timing and feel that this is just a PR stunt designed to help promote Rihanna's new record. Whether that's true or not, her message to women is still an important one, so we hope that fan cynicism won't overshadow that fact. Shocking Percentage Of Women Think Abuse Is OK
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