SIX YEARS LATER

Rihanna Explains Why She Forgave Chris Brown For Beating Her

By Jason Marshall

 

It's been more than six years since Chris Brown beat Rihanna in their car and the rebellious singer is finally opening up as to why she forgave him long before the public did. 

“I was that girl,” she says, “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 shit 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.”

Rihanna explained her reasoning in the latest issue of Vanity Fair and really went there in terms of helping fans understand what it's like to date in the spotlight. 

"This industry creates stories and environments that can make you uncomfortable even being friends with someone. If you see me sitting next to someone, or standing next to someone, what, I’m not allowed to do that? I’m like, are you serious? Do you think it’s going to stop me from having a friend?” But, she adds, “I’m the worst. I see a rumor and I’m not calling [them] back. I’ve had to be so conscious about people—what they say and why people want to be with me, why people want to sleep with me…. It makes me very guarded and protective. I learned the hard way."

It's all very eye opening, especially because the rumor had been that Chris flew off the handle on that night in February 2009 after Rihanna questioned him about some suspicious text messages. 

And even though it was clear she had moved on from the attack after lifting the restraining order against Chris, the "Nobody's Business" singer admits to thinking she could change the man who hit her. 

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“A hundred percent," she responds when asked about that topic. "I was very protective of him. I felt that people didn’t understand him."

All in, the story - which also features some stunning nudes of pop music's bad girl - is refreshingly candid.

It also represents a turning point for Rihanna in her positioning as a survivor of domestic violence, who is famous for keeping the incident as close to her chest as possible. 

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"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. "

 

 

tags: Rihanna, Chris Brown, Vanity Fair