A tearful Rihanna sat down with Oprah Winfrey recently to talk about her relationship with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. The interview is part of Winfrey's Barbados visit with the singer for her show “Oprah's Next Chapter.”
“I lost my best friend,” Rihanna said of the night that Chris beat her three years ago. “Everything I knew switched -- switched in a night and I couldn't control that… it is not easy to interpret on camera, not with the world watching.”
She admitted that in the media blitz that followed, she worried about Brown.
“It became a circus and I felt protective,” she said. “I felt like the only person they hate right now is him. As angry as I was, as angry and hurt and betrayed, I just felt like he made that mistake because he needed help.”
She continued, “Who is going to help him? Nobody is going to say 'He needs help.' Everybody is going to say 'He is a monster' without looking at the source. I was more concerned about him.”
Catch the “Oprah's Next Chapter” episode at 9 PM, Sunday, Aug. 19 on OWN.