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Rihanna’s own words: “Don't react out of love.” The singer speaks out about Chris Brown, domestic abuse and healing

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It was pretty hard to miss the Rihanna-Chris Brown story right from the start. Both stars were scheduled to appear at the Grammy Awards last February, and then both were no-shows. The news came out that they’d had a fight, he had allegedly hit her, and he’d been arrested. The picture released later of Rihanna showed a bruised and swollen face. And nearly overnight, she became the new “it” girl of domestic abuse: Will she press charges? Will she go back to him? Is he really sorry? Will he do it again? Will this affect her music?

Brown pled guilty to felony assault. But that didn’t put an end to the attention the case receives. Everyone has weighed in, all the way to Oprah. The voice that’s been missing is Rihanna’s. She has primarily stayed silent in the press, preferring to work on her music and soak up the support of family and friends. This week, however, Glamour magazine has a long Q&A with Rihanna on its web site (first link, below), and she also sat for a long on-camera interview with Diane Sawyer (second link, below). The first part aired this morning on Good Morning America; the second part will appear on Friday’s episode of GMA, and the remaining part will appear Friday night on ABC’s 20/20.

Here’s some of Rihanna’s talk with Diane Sawyer this morning. This picks up after an intro in which Sawyer asked Rihanna about how something like this could happen to her.

Sawyer: But you were so strong.

Rihanna: I AM strong. This happened to me. I didn’t cause it. I didn’t do it. This happened to me, and it can happen to anybody.

Sawyer: Why the shame?

Rihanna: Because I didn’t want people to think that that’s the kind of person that I fell in

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