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Rihanna on 'Good Morning America': 'People put me on a very unrealistic pedestal'

Our sister blog Show Tracker reported on Rihanna's appearance on "Good Morning America" today. Stay tuned to Pop & Hiss for more on Rihanna from Ann Powers. In the meantime, here's an excerpt from Matea Gold's post on Show Tracker:

Getprev-20Music star Rihanna said she decided she had to end her relationship with former boyfriend Chris Brown after realizing the message she sent to her fans by going back to him after he assaulted her.

“When I realized that my selfish decision for love could result into some young girl getting killed, I could not be easy with that part,” she told ABC’s Diane Sawyer on “Good Morning America” this morning in the first part of an exclusive interview. “I couldn’t be held responsible for telling them, ‘Go back.’ Even if Chris never hit me again, who’s to say that their boyfriend won’t? Who’s to say they won’t kill these girls?”

In August, R&B singer Brown, 20, was sentenced to five years' probation and community service for beating Rihanna, 21, on the eve of the Grammy Awards in February.

Speaking deliberately but with emotion, Rihanna told Sawyer that she was ashamed that she went back to Brown after he hurt her. “I fell in love with that person; that’s embarrassing,” she said. “So far in love, so unconditional that I went back.”

“That’s not what I want to teach people,” she added. “But I’m a human being, and people put me on a very unrealistic pedestal. All these expectations – I’m not perfect.”

Read the full post on Show Tracker.

 
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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.

I agree with Elijah. He said almost all of what I think, so I'll stop my comment here. Thanks, Elijah.

I am so tired of everyone thinking Rihanna is the victim. I have lost all respect for her. If she was honest about the role she played, how she provoked him, how she hit him with objects, etc ... she would have a more powerful message to battered women. In no way do I condone a man hitting a woman, but I don't condone a woman hitting a man - especially with objects! She has openly admitted she is violent and thought it was funny when she said it. I believe she thinks it is acceptible behavior for a woman to act like this - when really it isn't. Every time Rihanna goes on a talk show and plays the victim, I feel more and more sad for Chris and the other men she has [emotionally and physically] abused. I wish she would be a woman and admit her wrong doing in the situation.

I love that Rihanna is speaking out now. I'm so impressed how she chose to be selfless and leave CB (I won't even say his name..) She's grown and is turning out to be a great role model for young women today.

I love the RIHANNA AMBER ALERT called out on her; back when this happened. It was great foreshadowing of her today! You should definitely check it out!

http://concretelyambiguous.com/truth-in-photo/powder-blue-bowties-bull-a-rihanna-amber-alert/

UMMMMMM WHY HAS RIHANNA WAITED THIS LONG TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT THIS ITS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE ALL THIS STUFF HAS HAPPEN SHE JUST WANT PEOPLE TO FEEL SORRY FOR HER SO SHE CAN SOME MONEY BEFORE HER CD COME OUT AND TRY TO MAKE CHRIS CAREER BE LONG GONE BUT IT ANIT GON HAPPEN

First and fore most lets get things straight. When you are in a relationship it is then that all things become real. Now we are talking about two superstars that both have awesome talents and different backgrounds and style of music. and so with that they will have different ways of handling things. Chris Brown has said himself that he watched his mother be beat by his father in an interview. now for anyone to set up there ans say that Rihanna is not the victim i am here to say that you are wrong. As a victim of domestic abuse i know how it is to be beaten only from reacting to something like a text message and or your boyfriend on the phone on front of you talking to another chick in a way thats disrespectful.If it was you. you too would have hit him. now the problem comes when he hit her back okay i may can understand that. but he attacked her by biting her fingers and missing up her face.That's wrong. And maybe you may not agree to this but i know that by the pictures and the story she told he needs to be by himself for a while to tackle the issue of him being a abuser and angry towards his past. there is no excuse for her hitting him. i will agree to that. But by him being a man and also having a past of seeing and witnessing his own mother being abused its wrong and sad. And what would his mother think. how would she feel if it started to happen again to her. i dont agree with her not being the victim she is indeed the victim. But again who's to see that he isnt the victim. If being caught in raw form of mind. That he had to act in a way. Rihanna i love you. and wish you ther best. Chris Brown you talent is amazing just work on your way with woman and the past that you was exposed to as a child. i commend you on the apology. Hope that you can realize that only you can be that man in the mirror.

Rihanna's interview on domestic violence was a must see for all. There are so many women, children and even men who experience this lifestyle that they think it's "normal"
I am interested in teaming up with Good Morning America in hopes to assist in transforming lives. My artist Lenora Zenzalai Helm has a series of concerts across the country entitled "Butterfly Concerts" - a story of transformation. Through sponsorship we are able to provide a portion of the proceeds through these concerts for a victim of domestic violence. Please visit www.lenorahelm.com to learn more. Thank you in advance!


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