Rihanna Breaks Silence Over Assault
Pop star Rihanna has opened up about being assaulted by former boyfriend Chris Brown and the aftermath that ensued.
The 21-year-old told Glamour magazine she is now "stronger, wiser and more aware" following the attack.
Rihanna was beaten by Brown , whom she describes as her "first love", as they drove home from a pre-Grammys party in Los Angeles in February.
She said she could not believe the level of media attention following the incident.
"It felt like I went to sleep as Rihanna and woke up as Britney Spears."
Adding to her pain was the leaked police photo showing her bruised face, which she describes as "humiliating".
"That is not a photo you would show to anybody," the Umbrella singer said.
"I felt completely taken advantage of. I felt like people were making it into a fun topic on the internet, and it's my life."
She also spoke about her disappointment that two of the officers under investigation for the leak are women.
Rihanna now hopes to speak out for young women who are afraid to talk openly about domestic violence.
She said it is like a "big secret" which women hide because it's "embarrassing".
The singer now hopes something good can come out of her situation and people will learnt from it.
"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."
R&B; star Brown is currently serving community service for the attack.
And it seems Rihanna's new album, Rated R, is likely to give an insight into her ordeal.
"I've put everything I've wanted to say for the past eight months into my music," she told Glamour.
"The songs are really personal. I have grown up a lot since my last album. It's exactly where I am right now."
Rihanna will receive Glamour magazine's Woman Of The Year award on November 9, at an awards ceremony at New York's Carnegie Hall.
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