August 17th, 2012
09:52 AM ET

Rihanna on Chris Brown: 'I lost my best friend'

Rihanna has been pretty open about the fact that, when it comes to whatever dealings she may have with former boyfriend Chris Brown (who pled guilty to assaulting her in 2009), she's going to do what she wants.

Three years and two remixes later, the "Birthday Cake" singer is opening up to Oprah about the night that changed everything between her and Brown.

“I lost my best friend,” she told Oprah in an interview to air Sunday on OWN. “Everything I knew switched - switched in a night - and I couldn’t control that, so I had to deal with that, and that’s not easy for me to understand.”

An emotional Rihanna said the situation was even more difficult for her to grasp with the world watching her every move.

“It was hard for me to even pay attention to my mind and figure things out because now it became a circus and I felt protective,” she said. “I felt like, the only person they hate right now is him.

“It was a weird confusing space to be in because as angry as I was – as angry, hurt and betrayed – I just felt like, he made that mistake because he needed help and like, who’s going to help him? Everybody is going to say he’s a monster without looking at the source and I was more concerned about him.”

Filed under: Chris Brown • Oprah Winfrey • Rihanna

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    June 7, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chris and rihanna are separated again...thank god

    April 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hakeem

    chris yo go back wit rihanna she a nice girl

    April 22, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 9, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sunshine

    Wow !!! Look at all the saints and loyal lifetime movie watchers!! None of you were in the car that night so you don't know all you think you know.....and I can guarantee none of you are saints! Mind your business and let them live..... and to the men in here with all the punkass comments to the females in here.... hop off that man's sack! And you probably hit women and torture animals

    October 4, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. SKY


    September 13, 2012 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
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    September 13, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. Hey

    i think they should bang their brains out and see what happens after that. just saying.

    August 22, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. DaveNYUSA

    "Best friend", huh?
    Just goes to show that you can be a completely ignorant bimbo and STILL be a "star"!

    August 20, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. john

    Which I had a best friend that beats the living hell out of me. Rihanna and chris are both LOSERS.

    August 20, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. lbw

    I guess "With friends like that who needs ...." I get the man needs help, but seriously doubt the woman he beats is the best person to make him see that.

    August 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Love Rhino

    I want to see her in a $ex vid crying and calling out for her daddy....thats hot

    August 20, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Isis

    We have to respect Rihanna, don't be so negative.

    August 19, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Willy

    Who cares. If she doesn't then why should we?

    August 19, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Prn

    they make great music. i love the umbrella song by rihanna .. i play it all the time.

    August 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimmer

      Yeah, awesome song, great lyrics. I really love the way she squawks umbarella ella ella 8,456 times.

      August 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  16. blogs

    these are mixed conversations...blogs must be deleted

    August 19, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  17. Mary Hippo

    i love rihanna and chris..both have accomplished careers and are both smart.

    August 19, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • criic

      Don't you mean "both have given us so much crappy music and entertainment news drama that they should just shut up and go away"?

      August 19, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Keep your legs closed Hippo. Dont need anymore dumb women like yourself having children.

      August 20, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Carl Mertz

    Steven Bloom not Bart Blatstein is the best developer in the Philadelphia area.

    August 19, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  19. Leon Peris

    Stanley Peris my son does not own David Peris Collections of Las Vegas and Santa Monica!

    August 19, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  20. Felix Thomas Clauss (age 99 in Diapers)

    Ramon Posel was the biggest land developer in the history of Delaware Vallley.

    August 19, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  21. Portia

    has to be very far...

    August 19, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  22. rihanna and chris

    i hope chris can do it.

    August 18, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Martin Perkins

    Marvin Berman is king of Neuro-Feedback and we need a Crusade to help him.

    August 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  24. wow

    interesting point.

    August 18, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  25. tom

    There are both egotistical megalomaniacs. They deserve each other....and she will get her ass kicked again...but who cares?

    August 18, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  26. Michael Jackson-sorry

    they don't really care about us(song) ...this is it final reshearsal which is the one with the cute blond electric guitar player...i turned that video on this morning..that was another moment in :"this it it" where the audience said nothing....when leaps towards the blond electric guitar player the audience didn't move...

    moments like this in music get to me..i don't know whey but they do.

    August 18, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  27. Michael Jackson

    they don't really care about us(song) ...this is it final reshearsal which is the one with the cute blond electric guitar player...i turned that vido on this morning..that was another moment in :"this it it" where the audience said nothing....when leaped towards the blond electric guitar player the audience didn't move...

    moments like this in music get to me..i don't know whey but they do.

    August 18, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  28. Forever/Chris Brown

    saw chris brown's forever video again..this kid has not given me such a thrill in watching someone dance since michael jackson. we all know michael could move his darn butt even at 50 years old!

    Chris has high energy, he's like a rubberband on the dancefloor. He breezes through his dances so strong yet so soft. Forever is an innocent song yet makes its point through the dance.

    Chris's first step is to make sure he stays off the coke...the future of their relationship? That's their decision.

    my cousin volunteers for the arthritis foundation and just said chris brown definately has no physical pain but he has pain inside. let's hope all goes well for both. Chris is once heck of a dancer and it would be a shame to lose everything because of the cocaine.

    August 18, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      He is a pretty good dancer, but he is way better at beating the crap out of defenseless women.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  29. Martin

    if your watching tyra..your home..rihanna needs to find another guy. chris brown has anger management issues.

    August 17, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Alisha

    If I do recall, in an interview on the Tyra show, Chris Brown said he witnessed his mother being a victim of abuse by his father. He also said that he would never do that to another woman, but lo and behold, he did. I believe that yes, while Rihanna should not go back to Chris and it looks to be a case of victim's remorse, she is right in the fact that Chris does have some issues that need to be dealt with. Mostly with anger and possibly violence he witnessed/experience as a child.

    August 17, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Koko

    rihanna doesn't tolerate "head games" and will not. she will get the core of the situation because she is very smart

    August 17, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  32. koko

    If she should get back with Chris, he will surely hit her again & this time, she will not get the support of her fans anymore. She will be too ashamed to let people know what is going on, which might in turn become dangerous for her.she should let herself heal after some years then, she will be in a strong position to make wise decisions concerning relationships. I heard she is reading the Bible & listening to Joyce Meyer. Keep listening to Joyce cost she recovered fully from abuse & has very good counselling in that area. Give you life to Jesus & you won't hunger for attention from the wrong people or be searching for love in the wrong places. You will have self worth and know that you are worthy to be treated like a lady. Get material from Bishop TD Jake's Woman Thou Art Loosed series.

    August 17, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Alone

    we are all together watching the show and have decided you are so alone...i hope you don't have a family because we are so sorry for you and them. good night.

    August 17, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Piera

    Lol thank you lost him , is a monster, you lucky to be alive

    August 17, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  35. koko?

    who abuse you.

    August 17, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Rihanna

    you gotta get help, your really need to get serious help.

    August 17, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  37. koko

    Its called victims remorse. It is normal for the victim to begin to feel sorry for the abuser & even blame herself for what happened. Once an abuser, always an abuser except by the grace of God. The worst thing Rhi-Rhi can do to herself & her career is to go back to her abusive boyfriend Chris Brown. I have forgiven him for what he did to her cost I took it very personal tho I don't know these people. But as a victim of abuse myself, I understand how she is feeling. The good thing is that it is just a feeling. You don't have to yield to it. You are free now. Stay free and as far away from Chris Brown as you can Rhi-Rhi. I know he is cute & talented but he is no good for you. Chris Brown has not changed. Don't be deceived. He was only sad because he almost lost his career. In the music business, without a strong fan base, you can't sell records. The guy u see today is just refurbished by one of Hollywôds powerful image scrubber cleaners. Rhianna is just having a relapse. If you starve the wrong feelings, they will die. She cannot protect Chris from himself when she could not even protect herself from getting involved with an abuser. She is just being emotional & not sensible. Like someone suggested, she should seek Godly professional help.

    August 17, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  38. johndanger

    Does this young woman have any friends? Perhaps friends from her past who loved her before she was famous and rich. Real friends. Someone needs to see that she gets some help. It's been quite a long time since she was hurt. But she is still in pain. Does she have a mother or father or a big brother? Someone please hold this poor young person close and get her the help that she needs. She may be rich and famous and be surrounded by fervant fans, but she sounds very lonely. Where are the people who really love her?

    August 17, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  39. duck

    he might be drunk again.

    August 17, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Monease Henry expert

    what have you done right? hater.

    August 17, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Stoned

    this kid can dance..espeically in the "forever" video...but he can't dance personally...i hope he truly gets the help he needs. she's an abused person..she is still not over it.

    August 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Chris is shady

    nah...he won't do the right thing.

    August 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Abdullah

    What was she doing outside the kitchen in the first place? Her husband was right to physically chastise her for such lewd behavior.

    August 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Leslie Stone

    Obama is a kind man and the worst President we have had since Jimmy Carter.

    August 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tranesha

      He is doing a million times better than people give him credit for. I hope he gets reelected.

      August 17, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Michael Caliazzo

    Chris will do the right thing.

    August 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Mmmm

    Mmmm there is no reason to ever strike another human being out of anger. It doesn't matter what the other person has done. You just shouldn't do it. It is wrong. Its hard to believe an adult would let any other person get away with it. You can call the police. You can fight back. Please do not let anyone abuse or hit you. It is wrong.

    August 17, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  47. cubanb-tch

    i'm a teacher, i can't wait to head back to school...i took 3 classes this summer with husband of 22 years and 2 grown kids it was tough but i was so i'm going for my doctrine in education at 50 years old.

    August 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  48. cuban-b-tch

    a cheater is technically abusive to his wife but she still takes it,.

    August 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Yohan

    Battered and beaten still crawling back for more. Typical.

    August 17, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Leon

    Hopefully everyone knows I was trying to act sarcastic. No one should strike another person – ever. And we should not yell at each other. Words can be hurtfull too.

    August 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  51. LEON

    he hates my guts and uses excuses,

    August 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Leon

    I agree with those that say a woman shouldn't get mouthy. They need to know their place. They are like children and have to be taught how to act in public.

    August 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Chris Browner than you

    Ama slap dat bich arown agan fo talkin mo smak bout me. Dum bich downt no nuffin. Stupit geto bich shood juz shut the fvck up and suk mi dik.

    August 17, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  54. GA HEAD


    August 17, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  55. Chris Brown

    Haters gon hate. Don't make me do an encore to your faces.

    August 17, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  56. Jamal

    Rhi Rhi be a strong proud lady. She needs to ignore the media and do whats make her happy.

    August 17, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  57. Alabama Man

    Ive got a good woman. She even fixes me fried bologna sandwiches to take to work. She is a good un. (She likes when I brag about her).

    August 17, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  58. Svenghooli

    Awww, poor baby.....Most of you people are retards....If she wants to get her head bashed in, you go right ahead darling...

    August 17, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • ah...

      I actually agree with you. There's a term for that- a glutten for punishment. If that's what she wants, it's none of our business. Even though, anyone with any brains would run as fast as they could in the opposite direction. As I said, anyone with brains. To each his own, I guess.

      August 17, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  59. Observer

    Chris Brown should have done serious jail time for that stunt. She should get as far away from that wannabe thug as she can.

    August 17, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Leon

      What for? For disciplining his woman? They got to be taught right from wrong. Women don't know how to act unless you teach them.

      August 17, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Alabama Man

    Who knows what she said to CB to cause him to do that. Wimmen get pretty mouthy sometimes. There are two sides to every story.

    August 17, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • ah...

      No matter what you say to an individual, nobody has the right to put their hands on another person. I don't know what happened between the two of them, & frankly I don't care. Yes, women can be mouthy, just like men. It still doesn't give you the right to put your hands on them for any reason.

      August 17, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Alabama Man

      Even if she forgot to fix his bacon? Wimmen are supposed to cook us up some bacon. And fetch our beers. That's their job. If they won't even do that then why do we need em?

      August 17, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Svenghooli

      Your comments and where you are from speak volumes...everyone already know anyone from Alabama are rascist retatrds, and "y'all" just keep proving it....

      August 17, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • ktina

      There are actually three sides to a story....his side, her side, and then the truth!

      August 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Rihanna situation

    he kicked her ass in a limo completely coked up...not sure if they can truly repair this.

    August 17, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • melody

      Repair there's nothing to repair. Rihanna and Chris were teenagers handling an adult situation that got out of control. People like yourself tend to forget that. Rihanna has a long history of abuse as well as Chris. Rihanna has admitted to losing control of her temper with her own brothers and even to the point of bashing one over the head with a glass bottle. Chris and Rihanna should have both went into therapy together because both seems to have not gotten over one another and they both have been making huge mistakes in the medias eyes. So you need to let up and stand back and give them both a break.

      August 17, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Alfonso

    Help in deed, this is something that he needs to commit to. He needs block out the past and focus on the present and enjoy live to the fullest. Good luck and GOD bless.

    August 17, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  63. MiMo

    Chris Brown is an egotistical idiot. She should move on. Nothing was worth beating her to a pulp the way he did. If they weren't in the public eye, she would probably have been dead by now. Domestic violence is no joke.

    August 17, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Totally agree!!!

      August 17, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • melody

      Wow so you got the magic ball to have read out how it would have turn out. I would you have give that magic ball to Trevon Martin because maybe he wouldn't be dead. Who would have thought going to the store to get some candy and you would see the light of another day. Oh well right. Rihanna was just at fault for the incident as well as Chris. It just that was truly unfortunate that she did get the worst of the fight. Rihanna feel gulity because she knows her part is why it happen in the first place. Remember for every action there's is a reaction. I don't condone violence in anyway but women can't believe it is ok to hit a man. Sometime they should just think of walking away.

      August 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Chanequa

    Chris is a good guy and everyone knows it. He shouldn't let his life be judged by one incident. I really wish they would get back together and live happy wonderful lives.

    August 17, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • melody

      I don't thinkj that would be a good idea if they get back together, Rihanna is very violent and Chris knows that, Rihanna has always been the controller in the relationship that's why she liked Chris because she knew he would listen to her because she had more experience in raising her brother smoking and drinking and Chris has always been a Mommy boy, I don't like to admit that but his mother was over protective of him and that why Chris liked Rihanna because no one could tame her. Case in point look at her these days.

      August 17, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  65. .•|•.

    CB is the 1 who has to "look in the mirror" everyday. That has to be a tough 1 to live with. Over, done,& yet they still keep talkin' about it. Let it rest, ya know?

    August 17, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • melody

      They will never let it rest. There a black couple and it makes the whites happy to focus on the negative of both of them. If they did an interview together maybe then people would stop talking about it. It feel like almost four years back instead of four years forward. Shame because I really was thinking that they would have given it a break about now.

      August 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Chanequa

    She should follow her heart. If she loves him things will work out.

    August 17, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  67. Mary

    If she likes him so much, then she should get back together with him. Chris Brown is awesome. A great entertainer and cool guy.

    August 17, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |

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