Rihanna on Chris Brown assault: 'He made a mistake and needed help'

Singer says 'felt protective' of her ex-boyfriend after he assaulted her

Rihanna on Chris Brown assault: 'He made a mistake and needed help'

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Rihanna has spoken out about her assault at the hands of her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, insisting that the singer "made a mistake" and that he "needed help".

Speaking to US chat show host Oprah Winfrey, in an interview which is set to be broadcast this Sunday (August 19), the 'Talk That Talk' star admitted that she had "felt protective" of Brown following the incident.

Rihanna'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 sparked controversy after they teamed up for a remix of Rihanna's track 'Birthday Cake' earlier this year, however, and their relationship has become the source of much speculation amidst rumours that they may be about to rekindle their romance.

Last week (August 11), it was reported that Rihanna had told Oprah that Brown's attack had been "embarrassing" and "humiliating" but, as part of the same interview, she added: "As angry as I was – as angry and hurt and betrayed. I just felt like he made that mistake because he needed help."

She went on to say:

It became a circus and I felt protective. Who's gonna help him? Nobody's gonna say he needs help. Everybody's gonna say he's a monster without looking at the source.

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."

Earlier this week (August 13), it was reported that Rihanna's 'Talk That Talk' LP had taken the top spot in the Official UK Album Chart with the lowest sales for a UK Number One album since recent records began. You can watch a compilation video of Rihanna's 10 best songs at the bottom of the page.

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