Why Rihanna Opened Up About Chris Brown With Oprah

Mon, August 13, 2012 6:10pm EDT by 14 Comments
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Courtesy of OWN, FameFlynet

Rihanna knew Oprah would be ‘sensitive and respectful,’ and knew the interview would be something her late grandma would support, a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY! Read on for the inside scoop.

Rihanna hasn’t really talked much about the assault she suffered at the hand of ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, so we were all surprised to hear that she’d opened up about the dark time in her life in a new interview with Oprah Winfrey.

When HollywoodLife.com asked a source close to Rihanna why she opened up, we were told exclusively, “I guess she just felt it was time to talk…There was no way she would turn down talking to Oprah. So when you ask me why, the answer is because it was Oprah asking.”

Our source admits that Rihanna doesn’t like to be interviewed often because “reporters will always ask the same questions and it f***s with her.” They continue, though, “We all knew Oprah was gone ask…about that and Rihanna was cool with it. It was hard for her to talk about s*** over and over again. She was in a bad place three years ago and it f***ed her up for real.”

However, the knowledge that Oprah would handle the interview respectfully is what eventually led Rihanna to participate. “She knew Oprah would be sensitive and respectful and who better to open up to than [her?] Her crew knew Oprah wouldn’t make her look or feel stupid…so she let Oprah do the…interview,” our source says.

But that wasn’t the only thing that led Rihanna to talk. Her beloved grandma Dolly, who passed away recently, was a factor in the decision, as well. Our source says, “She felt comfortable talking to Oprah, and she knew this was something her grandma would support, so she went for it.”

Rihanna’s interview with Oprah airs Sunday, August 19 on OWN.

Are you excited to see Rihanna’s interview with Oprah, HollywoodLifers?

– Reporting by Eric Mitchell, Written by Billy Nilles

More Chris and Rihanna:

  1. Rihanna Talks Chris Brown’s Brutal Assault: ‘I Lost My Best Friend’
  2. Chris Brown Hopes Rihanna Doesn’t Talk Abuse Incident With Oprah
  3. Chris Brown Secretly Checks Rihanna Out On Twitter

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J2012

Posted at 3:49 PM on August 20, 2012  

She is blind or stupid…saying he needs help…he is just an abuser…She is trying to justify his conduct…too bad…that girl needs profesional counseling….not a good example for women.

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Erin

Posted at 1:02 PM on August 17, 2012  

I really do wonder who truly asked whom for the interview. Also, although I don’t buy it, one poster on another site that reported this said that they knew someone form Barbados who told them that abuse is common there and that many Barbadian women believe their men don’t love them if they aren’t hit by them. As warped as that is, it is something to think about.

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Viah

Posted at 10:54 AM on August 17, 2012  

I would like to see Oprah Interview Chris Brown Some day and this Interview sure gonna be Good of Riri Can’t wait to Watch it on 8/19/2012

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John

Posted at 3:03 PM on August 15, 2012  

Oprah’s network needs help. She’s going for the ratings and Rihanna delivered……pure & simple. The timing helps Oprah, not Chris Brown that is presently trying to promote his newest album.

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Dinnyq

Posted at 9:52 PM on August 14, 2012  

It’s nice to be able to see the real Rihanna. Not just her raunchy side but her vulnerable, loving side. What people see on stage is just an act and I feel some confuse her stage persona with who she actually is. It’s sad seeing her cry like that, what she went through that night was the most difficult thing in her life. Oprah always asks the hard hitting questions. I can’t wait for this interview!!

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Shawn

Posted at 8:35 PM on August 14, 2012  

I’m honestly so tired of Rihanna milking her victimization every time she is trying to promote a project. She has talked about her abuse in so many interviews and it always seems to be just at the time she is promoting something. Chris Brown committed violence against Rihanna OVER THREE YEARS AGO!!! Half the time she refuses to talk about it, then she gets mad when interviewers mention it, then she’s all over the airwaves in the most public forums possible talking about it. Guess what? Intimate partner abuse happens in over 33% of relationships in America……its a serious thing that needs serious attention. But this woman manipulating the media with her abuse history is shady. The constant vilification towards Chris Brown for something that John Lennon, Courtney Love, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli, Ron Wood, Jackson Browne, Eminen (all white) and over 33% of the American public has faced is beyond comprehension.

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Dinnyq

Posted at 9:49 PM on August 14, 2012  

She was a victim. She can react however she likes. She didn’t ask Chris to hit her.

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anynomous

Posted at 9:56 AM on August 14, 2012  

Watch the full interview with Rihanna and Oprah to hear everything u need to know about rihanna feelings about Chris brown .

Then finally Chris brown. And Rihanna can be at peace

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John

Posted at 3:07 PM on August 15, 2012  

What? She still presently has a intimate relationship with Brown. If Rihanna felt so badly about the incident and Brown, why is she still having relations with him? The tears was for ratings, she wasn’t crying 2 weeks ago when they were on vacation together.

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unknown

Posted at 9:33 AM on August 14, 2012  

You don’understand what Chris and Rihanna been through so people like u shouldn’t make that type of comments. Who do u think u are to talk down on Rihanna. Rihanna had tell her part of the story so nobody will know because Chris brown knows and u will never hear the truth so drop it

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vabornbred

Posted at 9:06 AM on August 14, 2012  

Rihanna talks about the incident with chris brown when she has something to gain. I’m sorry but you don’t see ‘abuse’ victims constantly talking about their abuse–maybe in a therapy session. One minute she is lashing out during interviews when they ask her about it then she is willing to talk about it; almost like she is using it as a tool or weapon to keep the upper hand. No, I won’t be watching the initial showing of the interview; however, if it is heard that she admitted her faults and how she played a role in the two of them getting to the place where the horrible incident happened then I might watch it on a re run show. IMHO this chick is carrying a load of guilt because she has never told the whole truth about what happened that night. We no what the end result was now, she needs to ‘woman up’ and tell the whole truth so that people can have a better picture of how such a horrible thing could happen between two people that were/are in love.

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Rechea

Posted at 1:10 AM on August 14, 2012  

@Uknown Lmfao @ your Comment! Bet that Riri is tired of being Interview most of the time. and she may will take a break from Music so she can get into acting. everybody’s can’t wait for the interview it gonna be Dope

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unknown

Posted at 9:49 PM on August 13, 2012  

The reason is Oprah asked Rihanna about chris brown that’s why Rihanna talked about Chris brown she was emotional
Rihanna still in love with Chris brown and Chris feels the same about Rihanna.
So watch the full inteview on August 19

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Andreyah

Posted at 6:52 PM on August 13, 2012  

Somebody please tell me why they put that picture of Chris laughing when Rihanna crying on the side that just looks wrong and Mean…LMAOF

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