Singer opens up about being attacked by former boyfriend

Rihanna has spoken out about her assault at the hands of Chris Brown, describing the attack as “embarrassing and humiliating”.

The ‘Talk That Talk’ star’s relationship with Brown ended after he attacked her on the eve of the Grammy Awards in 2009 and was subsequently sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community labour.

The pair have since sparked controversy, however, after they teamed up for a remix of Rihanna’s track ‘Birthday Cake’, and their relationship has become the source of much speculation amidst rumours that they may rekindled their romance.

Now, speaking to US chat show host Oprah Winfrey on her Next Chapter show, Rihanna opened up about the incident, revealing:

It was embarrassing. It was humiliating. I lost my best friend. I was resentful. I held a grudge. I was dark.

Previously, Rihanna has defended her decision to work with Brown again by insisting she didn’t think their collaboration would be a problem, and also claimed that her personal relationship with the singer is a private matter. Her association with Brown has drawn criticism from some quarters, however – in recent months, both her former church pastor and domestic violence experts have warned the singer not to become too close to her former flame.

Brown, meanwhile, found himself in the headlines again last month (July 28) after he reportedly aimed a homophobic incident at fellow singer Frank Ocean. He later seemingly distanced himself from the allegations, however, writing on Twitter: “My Opinion on the whole Frank Ocean subject is ……… Love who u wanna love. It’s ur decision. People stop searching for BS.”

Rihanna, who was ditched as the face of skincare company Nivea for falling foul of their family-friendly image earlier this week (August 8), leads the nominations in this year’s MTV Video Music Awards with five nods. You can watch a compilation video of Rihanna’s 10 best songs at the bottom of the page.