Rihanna speaks candidly about taking Chris Brown back after brutal assault in 2009
Rihanna has opened up about why she took Chris Brown back after he assaulted her in 2009.
The superstar singer (27) features as the new Vanity Fair cover star and got candid with the magazine as to why she forgave him and continued their romance before eventually splitting for good in 2013.
Before the Grammys in 2009, Brown assaulted his then-girlfriend of one year and he later pleaded guilty to felony assault in order to avoid a prison sentence and was placed on five years of supervised probation.
"I was that girl," she said. "That girl who felt that as much pain as this relationship is, maybe some people are built stronger than others. Maybe I’m one of those people built to handle s**t like this.
"Maybe I’m the person who’s almost the guardian angel to this person, to be there when they’re not strong enough, when they’re not understanding the world, when they just need someone to encourage them in a positive way and say the right thing."
"I felt that people didn’t understand him. Even after … But you know, you realize after a while that in that situation you’re the enemy. You want the best for them, but if you remind them of their failures, or if you remind them of bad moments in their life, or even if you say I’m willing to put up with something, they think less of you, because they know you don’t deserve what they’re going to give."
She added that she has been "absolutely" held as the poster child for domestic violence since the incident.
"Well, I just never understood that, like how the victim gets punished over and over. It's in the past, and I don't want to say "Get over it," because it's a very serious thing that is still relevant; it's still real."
"A lot of women, a lot of young girls, are still going through it. A lot of young boys too. It's not a subject to sweep under the rug, so I can't just dismiss it like it wasn't anything, or I don't take it seriously.
"But, for me, and anyone who's been a victim of domestic abuse, nobody wants to even remember it. Nobody even wants to admit it. So to talk about it and say it once, much less 200 times, is like … I have to be punished for it? It didn't sit well with me."