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Rihanna

Cries Over Chris Brown

'He Needed Help'

8/16/2012 7:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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With tears pouring down her face, an emotional Rihanna opened up to Oprah about Chris Brown ... describing how she "lost her best friend" after he attacked her back in 2009.

During the interview, set to air Sunday night on OWN, Rihanna described her emotions following the beating.

"It was a weird, confusing space to be in ... because 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?"

Rihanna continued, "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."

"I lost my best friend ... everything I knew switched ... switched in a night and I couldn't control that."

Brown ultimately pled guilty to felony assault for the 2009 beating and was sentenced to 5 years probation and was ordered to stay away from the singer. The restraining order has since been lifted.

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Barbara    

This is so sad - like many abused women, she feels sorry for HIM and by saying that "he needs help" she is excusing the abuse by implying it wasn't really his fault.
Has she failed to notice that since he beat her, he has never, not ONCE, expressed any genuine remorse or regret?

712 days ago
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Lynda Jones-owings    

I say continue your crying, I pray that Chris has enough sinse to stay the hell away from you. FATAL ATTRACTION!!!!!

712 days ago
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Marie    

Poor, poor, poor, poor Chris Brown. Rihanna needs to stop feeling sorry for him.She's the victim. He's the abuser. He has to feel sorry for himself and he should be the one seeking help.

712 days ago
94.

Mish    

She is just so damaged. Did anyone see what Oprah's response to this was?

712 days ago
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kiera    

Have anyone else notice how her accent change dippending on which country she's in? it's weird o.o

712 days ago
96.

Jen    

Still covering for him, along with the rest of the entertainment industry.

712 days ago
97.

Seldombinlaid    

Ahhhhh poor little Chipmonk Brown. Little sissy would get his ass beat by any other woman. That's why he has to travel with a pack of body guards. Little Puss.

712 days ago
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looooooooooooool    

YOU A STUPID HOE RIHANNA

712 days ago
99.

fstblk    

This girl NEEDS an ass whooping!!! Please Chris do it right this time.You are a FOOL RiRi!!!

712 days ago
100.

Taazz69    

This chick is retarded

712 days ago
101.

Sassy    

You all seem to have soared over the fact she was explaining how she felt BACK THEN. She's not worried about him getting help anymore. They've moved on and collaborated on music now! Granted you can do this in two separate studios and never vibe together in one room, but still, she was speaking of how she felt In 2009.

712 days ago
102.

zoe    

the abused protecting her abuser.

712 days ago
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zoe    

he tried to kill you, there is no being friends after that. the abused protecting the abuser and she's still doing it. if he was your friend he wouldn't have treated you like **** and been abusive to you in the relationship. you can cry all the tears you want but all your doing is making yourself look stupid and weak for protecting him.

712 days ago
104.

john johnson    

did oprah become a bobblehead doll?

712 days ago
105.

john johnson    

......as rhianna talks, oprah keeps nodding up and down constantly.

712 days ago
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