"I was that girl."
Rihanna recently sat down to an interview with Vanity Fair and revealed her most public secret, why she returned to Chris Brown after he assaulted her. Though it's only been six years since the incident, it's still something Rihanna is widely known for. Brown made a slight comeback in his career but will forever be labeled as a woman-abuser.
For the November issue, the 27-year-old got very candid about her experience, “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.”
The assault happened on Feb. 7, 2009 and Rihanna had petitioned the court to have a restraining order against Brown. He was charged for felony assault however his conviction was lifted leading her to fall back into the cycle of being in an abusive relationship. Today, they are no longer an item.
Rihanna was sure she could change him, “A hundred percent. I was very protective of him. 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," but it ultimately took a toll on her, "And if you put up with it, maybe you are agreeing that you [deserve] this, and that’s when I finally had to say, ‘Uh-oh, I was stupid thinking I was built for this.’ Sometimes you just have to walk away.”
Rihanna confirmed to Vanity Fair that things are better now and they have civil standings,"I don’t hate him. I will care about him until the day I die. We’re not friends, but it’s not like we’re enemies. We don’t have much of a relationship now.”