I Went Back to Chris Brown: Rihanna

Says it takes 'eight or nine' times for an abused woman to leave
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2009 10:25 AM CST
Rihanna is seen during the preliminary hearing in the Chris Brown felony assault case on Monday, June 22, 2009.   (AP Photo/Lori Shepler, Pool)
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(Newser) – Rihanna returned to Chris Brown after he assaulted her Feb. 8, telling Diane Sawyer, “I fell in love with that person. That’s embarrassing. So far in love, so unconditional, that I went back.” Responding to Sawyer’s estimate in an interview airing tonight and tomorrow on ABC that, “on average, I think it takes a woman seven times before she leaves,” Rihanna says, “Eight or nine, actually.”

The singer says her realization that she’s a role model was the “wake-up call” that caused her to finally leave Brown. “When I realized that my selfish decision for love could result in some young girl getting killed, I could not be easy with that part,” she says, adding some advice for anyone in an abusive relationship: “Don’t react off of love. Eff love. Love is so blind.”