Video: Diane Sawyer Interviews Rihanna – Part I

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ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer sat down with Rihanna for her first one-on-one interview since being assaulted by Chris Brown in February. An emotional RiRi spoke out in the segment, which was televised on Thursday’s “Good Morning America.” Another portion of the sit-down will air on Friday’s “GMA” with the full interview on “20/20” at 10 p.m.

“That’s embarrassing that that’s the type of person that I fell in love with,” she told Sawyer about her former boyfriend. “I’m a human being and people put me on a very unrealistic pedestal and all these expectations. I’m not perfect.”



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58 Comments

  1. jacq

    extremely proud of her.

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  2. J_R0K

    WAiT .. DiD SHE SAY HE ABUSED HER 8 or 9 TiMES !!
    iAPPLAUD HER F0R BEiNG STR0NG & SPEAKiNG 0UT AB0UT iT & N0TT JUST TRYiNG T0 PR0TECT “HiM” .. PPL NEED T00 HEAR THiS !!

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    Neesh Reply:

    @J_R0K, No she said the average amount of times women take go back to their abusive boyfriends is 8 or 9 times

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    bass_man Reply:

    @J_R0K, That’s what I said…I think she was saying in HER case it was 8 or 9. Diane Sawyer didn’t pick up on that..she that Rihanna was correcting her.

    But by her expression, I felt like Rihanna was talking about herself…

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  3. SaveTHEQueen

    I think it’s funny, eight months later, two weeks before her album drops, she decides to speak out.

    Oh, woe is me. Bitch please.

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  4. Michelle

    People need to stop with that “she’s doing this for sales” crap. You all know damn well that she had to talk about it, and maybe she wasn’t ready at that time. And I know we ALL heard that she said she went back to him. Why would she speak about it if she wasn’t even out of the situation herself? Would you rather her lie to these young girls?

    And it’s hilarious how everyone suddenly has amnesia and forgot that Chris also has an album coming out. Chris also scheduled an interview tomorrow RIGHT before Rihanna’s on MTV. Chris went on to Hot 97 to talk about the incident with Angie Martinez then premiered a new song. Chris has been tweeting about her to get sympathy. Those aren’t PR stunts? Oh please.

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    tell'em Reply:

    @Michelle, THANK YOU. She knows she has to address the situation before doing any other interview and putting the album out and she wasn’t ready to before discuss it before. Its disgusting to think people are trying to find ways to hate on her for being abused and her finally being able to discuss this major problem being faced by many. Where are the morals and understanding. Hop off Chris Brown’s dk for second. You can appreciate him and respect her for what shes been through. The hate is unnecessary..

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    SaveTHEQueen Reply:

    Like she cares about young girls. If she cared, she would have spoken up months ago. She would have spoken up during Domestic Violence Awareness month, not two weeks before her album drops.

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    Michelle Reply:

    Oh shut up. You don’t know her and you don’t know what she cares about.

    People KILL me.

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    kanye Reply:

    @SaveTHEQueen, i totally agree wiv u

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    Pucci Reply:

    @SaveTHEQueen, would you have talked about it when it first happened? would you have done anything that you’re suggesting rihanna should’ve done? I hate when ppl like you speak about subjects that you don’t know nothing about. do you know how many women have been abused like rihanna not only ONCE but 3, 4 & multiple times for years on end & dont say a thing? yet you’re on this sight crucifying rihanna for something that happned to HER, for something that she had to live through. saying outrageous things on what she would’ve done. the truth is, any of us on this sight talking dont know what we would do if we were put into the same situation as rihanna was & even chris for that matter.

    I applaud her for coming out the way she did & it just makes me sick when ppl like you say “she should’ve done this” or “she should’ve done that” its like you’re trying to HATE her for getting hit by chris. she didn’t have to do anything she didnt want to do. she didn’t even have to do this interview with diane sawyer. although, she’s in the public eye & even if she wasn’t coming out with an album in the next 2 weeks, it still would’ve had to talk about it @ some point for that reason alone.

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    Pucci Reply:

    @Pucci, i’m sorry i meant to say “site” instead of “sight” & on the last line I meant to say “it still would’ve NEEDED TO BE TALKED ABOUT @ SOME POINT FOR THAT REASON ALONE”.

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    Suga Reply:

    @SaveTHEQueen, I think she is trying to sale more cd’s and also ruin chris’s chances of selling his cd that drops next month i also think she is not telling the whole truth she does not have the eyes of an abused woman but a woman who is imbarrassed by both their actions.

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  5. Bhe

    I just saw this and I have to retrack and past statements I made about her and this situation. U know, even if she is doing this to boost record sales. At the end of the day, she came on this show and talked about. Its what we have all been waiting for. She is right this is a big problem that effects many, men and women alike, all over the world.

    Ps
    are her eyes really that color?!

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  6. rockwitu

    saveTHEQueen educate yourself. It’s about publicity and it sells. Oh my freaking goodness, I can’t believe the ignorance.

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  7. Giselle

    She said more than Chris ever did in his interviews. It takes a whole lot of guts to do an interview, and be brutally honest. I’m proud of her.

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    Suga Reply:

    @Giselle, does not take guts to get publicity it takes a need to want to sale cd’s…Chris Brown has been silenced by the courts and she is allowed to be the only one to speak out.

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  8. Elijah

    FOR ALL OF YOU WHO ARE SAYING SHE IS DOING THIS FOR ALBUM SALES AND PUBLICITY—

    Dont forget Chris Brown ALSO has an album coming out and he continues to do interviews about it…

    She is ashamed of this incident, and embarrassed that she loved someone that could do this to her. No wonder Rihanna hasn’t said anything previously. She is afraid that she might go back to him- did you hear that? She doesn’t “want” to go back to him, but eventually she “could”. She opened up more in 5 min than Chris Brown ever did in any interview he’s given on the subject!!!

    If you really want to know how she feels- she exposes her thoughts on her new singles and album. Go buy it and listen.

    She is doing this to help other young girls just like she said. She is the VICTIM. What if this happened to your mom-sister-or aunt? Show some compassion. If the DA had evidence against Rihanna she would have faced charges as well.

    I support both of them musically and will be purchasing their music and concert tickets.

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  9. Lee

    It doesn’t matter if she took 10 years to talk about this. She was the VICTIM! It’s people who were abused that still haven’t told or spoken about it. Now that she has spoken out, she is helping someone somewhere move on with their life.

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  10. Dilshod

    she made show….

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  11. LALA

    WAIT! Chris hit her more than once on different occasions? he needs to be put in jail.

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  12. JK

    I feel for her. She took him back 8 or 9 times? and he did this more than once. I just can’t deal with the fact that he did that to her more than one time. Pathetic.

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    Will Reply:

    @JK, No she said it takes the average woman 8 or 9 times before they finally leave the man beating them!

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  13. FooL

    I hate that she talks about what he did but not tell the part she took place in I believe she was hitting him to get him that mad and I also feel like she is doing to boost her album sales I’m not saying he was right for what he did but I’m just saying I don’t think she was completely innocent

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    Suga Reply:

    @FooL, i agree this young man was pushed…he was wrong but he is not some brutal monster

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  14. Ghetto Fab

    Gwan Princess Riri she said more about the incedenct in 2 minutes than the other fool did in his other 10 interviews with his crying ass mamma(who needs a damn oscar) and high priced lawyer. She never even talkied about her upcoming album. She just wants to get past this situation so might as well get it over with now otherwise it will follow her. Watch after this interview Chris gon be singing like a canari lol. He’s stupid because he had his time to say something and all he did was blame oprah and the fact that he didn’t have positive black men in his life. But then again I blame his camp because they’ve been MIA since this whole thing has blown over.

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    LOL Reply:

    @Ghetto Fab, Exactly.

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    chen Reply:

    @Ghetto Fab, Why are you talking about his mother like that. No matter what our children do, we might not condon it but they are still our children. I can imagine how she felt knowing she was in an abusive relationship, and Chris had to see that. He wants to get passed it just like she does, and he did not blame that hypocrite Oprah who had BiBi Wynans on her show, and he is going through a domestic violence case himself, all he said was she could help them both, he helped her with her deginerate school. Rihanna is not being on the up and up, Stevie Wonder can see that.

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  15. Will

    So we will all find out everything we wanted to know tmrw FINALLY. I think its good that Rihanna is telling the whole story instead of Chris because she is the victim who went through this

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  16. Stephonne

    I think the 8 or 9 times was “statistcally,” no in actuality. She was correcting Diane. I don’t know guys… If she spils the beens completely then I hop Chris does to. I liked how respectful he has been to her in the public though for the sake of both of their careers and lives. I hope she is both honest and respectful as well. We shall see.

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  17. SaveTHEQueen

    Like she cares about young girls. If she cared, she would have spoken up months ago. She would have spoken up during Domestic Violence Awareness month, not two weeks before her album drops.

    *edit*

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  18. Stephonne

    Spelling corrections:
    statistically*
    spills*
    beans*
    hope*

    I just woke up, lol. I can spell.

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  19. Ghetto Fab

    BTW People ya hear di Bajan Accent??? I don’t wanna hear no shit about Riri too American now cause she sound like an off the boat West Indian in this interveiw lol. BIG UPS to di Bajan Crew and all of di West Indies yuh dun know! We Run Tings, Tings nuh run We! lol

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  20. J_R0K

    THiS GiRl iS G0NNA tEll iT ALLLLLL iN THAT PT. 2 0F THE iNTERViEW WATCH & SEE . WE MAY EVEN GEt S0ME GiNUiNE TEARS … SHE’S A STR0NG GiRL ..

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  21. a shame of

    I am ashamed of the black girls who condone this type of behavior and blame the victim of his faults. Wake up people, this is real life.

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  22. Jay

    damn, i feel ashamed for hatin my nigga chris for smackin her! cuz looking at this interview, you can see that she’s not honest. i mean, why doesn’t she talk about what made chris hit her??? she must have done something to make him hit her! and if she didn’t want to talk about it, she could it’s her choice! but she chooses to do that just before the album comes out! how can yall like her? have you even seen her album cover? and her videos??? so yall think its normal to make songs like that??? she a devil worshipper! and if yall support her then yall can go to hell with her then! fuck this skanky ass hoe!

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    hellno Reply:

    @Jay,not to jump on your comment but a lot of your questions should be directed to chris brown. asking the victim what may have cause the abuser to act this way will not answer your question.

    to ask us “how can we like her”, sweety it’s not about liking anyone…its about empathy.

    your comment about her song “russian roulette” is your interpretation of what the song means to you…for myself and a lot of other people, the song is about the choices (gun, used as a metaphor- english literature and poetry)

    and to call someone out of their name will not validate your comment, it just shows your incompetence to come up with validity for your response.

    last i checked your not God and you also have just sinned.

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  23. queen beyonce

    WOW WOW WOW!!! Riri is being honest & not beating around the bush about the situation!!! The comments above accusing her of publicity etc so what finally we get to hear her side of the story you know, she is coming across smart & i feel her emotion, cant wait to get the rest of the interview…. this isnt good for CB!

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    Suha Ahmed Reply:

    @queen beyonce,
    you are right about that one. This is not good for C Breezy!

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  24. Jen

    wow! WTF! How wuld this increase her album sales at all? This is TRUE! Amazin Riri proud of u luv u babe

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  25. chen

    First of all she didn’t give eye contact, seems like she is hiding something to me. Chris did not want to say anything bad about Rihanna which he stated several times in his interview. More went on in that car that meets the eye, she does not want her part in the whole situation to come out. I agree with @ SaveTheQueen, why didn’t she come out during Domestic Violence Awareness month? That would have been the perfect time to come out, she is not the only victim in this world. They dogged her first single, talked about her posing half naked, and questioned the fact of what type of message she is sending to young people. Answer this one question for me, if she is not trying to promnote her album, then why is her video for Rushion Rulette airing right after the 20/20 interview? This is all bullshit, and I don’t care who I anger, but I have no respect for Rihanna as a women, she is not being real at all.

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    tell'em Reply:

    @chen, LMAO. She was looking at the interviewer pretty much the whole time. SMH @ the haters coming at her when shes the victim.

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    arie Reply:

    @tell’em, You are the lamo, @ chen is right, she didn’t give good eye contact. Victim my ass, if she was such a victim she would have came out a long time ago, but her CD is dropping, this all works to her advantage on sales. Where was she months ago, partying. But everybody was on CB dick for apologizing, she is a phony and it is a real slap in the face to the real victims of domestic violence

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  26. mal

    wow, first time it feels like im seeing her for her true self. Go RiRi

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  27. Joyams

    I like the honesty that she showed. But truly, it’s the best promotion ever. Who the f*ck dare deny it??

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  28. kathy

    ppl ppl at the end of the day chris was wrong to do wat he did to her it doesn’t matter wen or where the girl talked about her beating she done it now so get over it u can see that the poor child wanted to break down and cry ave a heart man not to wish bad on anyone bt when this shit happens to you then u can judge the girl becaz maybe ur ass will be sitting there takin ur beatin and not sayin a word about it….album review or not she done the right ting to talk about it its up to her when she feel like talkin not us becaz we dnt knw wat it is like to tell the world about ur troubles…….FULL STOP!!!

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  29. AAA

    Honeslty she not saying they both were at fault , because they both the blame , the point is they were in so much in love , that them fighting phisically and verbally didnt matter cuz they would makeup , fuck , be all friends again then argue , until they couldnt take it no more which was that night of the incident.

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  30. moo

    eff love!

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  31. gentiana

    ich hase cris

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  32. FooL

    im with Save the Queen if she cared about the young girls she would have spoke up months ago and I still think she was hitting him

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  33. arie

    I agree with Save the Queen and FooL also. Instead of speaking out, young girls saw her partying and dressing half naked, but now you want to talk, and you have a CD dropping, I don’t think so. It’s funny how even before the inccident the media was always talking about Rihanna on how she dressed and her hair styles. And before her interview, just days ago they were damning her song Russian Rulette and the message it’s sending to young people, and her posing half naked. Now they want to embrace her, I wonder when this dies down, are they going to go back to damning her again.

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  34. Concerned listener

    I think the time Rihanna took to gather herself was well spent. She comes across poised and surprisingly articulate and hopefully that will connect with a younger audiences who might be dealing with abuse. On the other hand, CB rushed out of the gates like a raging buffoon to try and repair his tattered image. He looked sloppy and pathetic on Larry King and other outlets as he struggled to read his apology off a teleprompter; there was nothing genuine about anything that struggled to come out that slack-jawed yokel’s mouth and it’s clear that even now he still doesn’t have any remorse for what he did. ‘I can transform u,’ ha, we all know the type of transforming you do…not interested.

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    Nore Reply:

    @Concerned Listener: LMAO! you’re too much..”slack-jawed yokels mouth”?! Ha!

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  35. Pucci

    Where is everybody getting this notion that he abused her 8 or 9 times? I know we’re watching the same video & she’s sayin on average a woman goes back 8 or 9 times before they get fed up.

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  36. Elijah

    OMG this interview was so revealing and sad…. SHE SAID SHE DOESNT WANT TO HEAR ANYTHING FROM CHRIS BROWN AT ALL She saying be a man and dont make excuses and face what he did- and for all of you making excuses for Chris- she said you’re ignorant Chris Brown has PREVIOUSLY DOCUMENTED VIOLENCE against rihanna by THE POLICE RIHANNA SAID HIS APOLOGY LOOKS FAKE RIGHT FROM THE TELEPROMPTER She NEVER heard that stupid sorry song… and doesnt care to hear from chris! BOW- THAT HURTS DOESN’T IT It must hurt to know she doesnt give a **** for any excuses I don’t know how Chris Brown will survive this……

    So hard Riri–

    THE BADDEST BITCH IN HEELS RIGHT HERE!!!!”

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  37. Kerry

    Clearly she is speaking the the third person, meaning that she is still in love with Chris but the difference is that she realizes that it is not a healthy relationship. Like she said, “even if he doesn’t hit her again” it just tells me that she is considering it but logic prevails! Thank God! It’s rather sad that she is taking on so much responsibility for her fans? That isn’t fair! I mean she is her own person and still needs time to deal with her intensity for Chris (which doesn’t fade away overnight!) About the eye-contact? Means nothing, you can see that she is being genuine. Not looking in the eyes here, seems to me that she is trying her best to keep it together without breaking down! I for one know that if I look someone in the eye, talking about something so intense, I’d be angry. RiRi seems to be someone who like to take control of situations, hence she seems rightfully angry. But it goes back to the old mind-frame of an abused woman, that they can sort it out themselves. Well RiRi, better you angry now that this exploded and the truth came out, rather than you hiding it and believing that you will “sort it out yourself”… Had this not happened, you’d still be stuck in there…

    Now in all fairness, I aint siding with no-one. My Last point is:

    Women should never provoke men by nagging. I know that some women like to test their man’s limits! ABSURD! That is just instigating the issue. But on the other side of the coin, under no circumstances should a man ever, ever hit a woman! So you decide, was what happened just the pinnacle from a chain of events that started long before this? We can’t point fingers, no-one was around them all the time! These situations don’t happen with just one incident, something initiated this a while back!

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  38. bellgirl317

    PLEASE ALL YAL SHUT UP..THIS GIRL TRYNA ACT ALL HURT BUT IT AINT EVEN THAT BIG OF A DEAL..IF IT WAS SHE WULDA BEEN SPOKE UP ON IT…PLZ PPL GET HIT BY MEN ALL THE TYME BUT SINCE ITS RIHANNA ITS A BIG DEAL??…CLEARLY NOBODY KNOWS WAT HAPPENED.SHE KULDVE PROVOKED HIM…BLACK WOMEN YAL KNOW HOW WE DO….”HIT ME, HIT ME I WISH YOU WOULD’…BUT AS SOON AS U GET SLAPPED UR SURPRISED…

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  39. bellgirl317

    SHE JUST WANNA GET A GOOD IMAGE

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