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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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106.

South Beach    

I do get what R is saying, but the sad part is no one changes unless they want to change, and Brown has demonstrated his anger is not even at her, but at anyone who gets in his way.

Abusers will hold back the longest before the 1st time, after that it's easier each time for them to swing.

I doubt she's the first and will certainly not be the last.

767 days ago
107.

monique    

look at oprah playing "concerned" with her twitching of the head and mmm hmm's, that's not concern that's her saying keep on blabbing rihanna i'm gonna get good ratings for this

767 days ago
108.

Rhonda C. Poynter    

This woman is an idiot, and a disgrace to her female fans - if a man hits you once, yep, he'll hit you again. I watched it growing up, and my mother put up with this same kind of s%%%, using the same excuse. Disgusting, and there will NEVER be a Rihanna product in my home.

767 days ago
109.

Feeniegal    

She's got to snap out of it.. **slap**

767 days ago
110.

Rhonda C. Poynter    

Also - didn't O get on her own show and say exactly what I said in my earlier post, that if a man will hit you once, he'll do it again? She's as big a hypocrite for interviewing Rihanna, as Rihanna is seriously in denial -

767 days ago
111.

Luckie_MD    

Women are abused everyday in this world but it is so much worse because she is a celeb? I don't get it. Everyone says what they are going to do if they are in her situation, but until you have been there, you have no idea what you will do. I have been with my husband for 10 years and he has never hit me, but I can not sit here and say that if he did, I would just walk away. I don't know that. When you love somebody it is hard to make decisions like that. And has anyone ever thought that maybe she makes comments like "he needed help" and stuff like that because all the blame got up on him when in all actuality, she played a part in the violence too? I am sure he was not the only one doing the hitting that night. And maybe she has some guilt behind all the blame that he took. Only the two of them know what really happened in that car. Just sayin

767 days ago
112.

Thomasa    

It's amazing what good sex does to a woman.

767 days ago
113.

Tracy    

Once a beater or cheater always a beater or cheater spots on a leporad don't change!

767 days ago
114.

Max Smart    

Oh please. The only thing Chris Brown needed was a prison sentence. Still does - he's still a violent schmuck. I can't think of a less sympathetic woman than Rihanna. She is such a gutter tramp, as evidenced by her dimwit twitter posts.

766 days ago
115.

Mangymutt    

Oprah needs to ask her if Chris had beaten her before he got caught. I bet money he was inflicting abuse on her from the start of the relationship, it just wasn't as bad as the night he beat her and choked her out.

766 days ago
116.

Bibi    

FIRST REPORTS WERE THAT SHE HIT HIM FIRST..NOBODY EVER ASKS HER ABOUT THAT..IF THAT IS TRUE OR NOT.REMEMBER THERE IS ALWAYS TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY

766 days ago
117.

rjbythebay    

maybe a repeat will help

766 days ago
118.

lora williams    

did her dad beat her mom if so then she ok with chris beating her

766 days ago
119.

electlady1    

I want to ask everyone that said some negative are you perfect you don't do no wrong a lot of you cuss like a sailor lot of you probaly fornicators liars steal adultery look at porn and so forth and some might even be beaters to not with your hands but with your mouth so how can you keep judging this man yes he did the crime yes he was wrong but he don"t have to keep going over the crime over and over again you without sin cast the first stone so drop your rocks. The last time I look the only one who was perfect was Jesus and we still crucified him. So if Jesus forgave us why we can't forgive Rihanna and Chris they are human just like us they make mistakes to stop puttingthem on a pestal and put our Lord Jesus Christfirst. If they repented stop picking up there sins because God has thrown it in the sea of I don't remember nomore. Rihanna just lost her Gran Gran maybe she told her to let it go and be happy she saw how it was eating her up Mamas know there children and she wanted her happy before she close her eyes. And remember Chris was with her family before Gran Gran died we don't know what went on but Riri page has changed to talking more about God and scriputure and the only healer I know is Jesus its not man sitting in a chair writing down what IS say for a hour and say come back next week because he has issues to so the best place is to take it to the altar. So Chris is with his mother and she is spiritual to get his prayers so we don't know what God is doing to show forgiveness we neec to just keep our mouth shut and pray...When you don't understand something best to not say nothing because God is going to get the Glory God can change anybody anybody even the worse one remember there was two on the cross and one went with him the other didn't want to change God don't force himself on nobody...

765 days ago
120.

Bek    

awesome experience

760 days ago
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