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Rihanna lets it rip for the first time since the Chris Brown assault

November 3, 2009 | 10:42 am

Rihanna has taken her time before speaking out, but it looks as if the singer is now ready to swing the door wide open on domestic violence in the wake of her very public, very violent relationship meltdown with Chris Brown, whom she calls her "first big love."

Brown is now on five years' probation, must undergo domestic-violence counseling and has to stay 100 yards away from Rihanna unless they're on the red carpet, according to the terms of his plea deal on felony assault charges.

Rihanna's interview with Diane Sawyer will air on "Good Morning America" and on ET this Thursday and Friday. And as one of Glamour magazine's "Women of the Year 2009," the singer gives another interview in which she opens up just a bit about the assault the night before the Grammys, and the aftermath.

She tells Glamour:

"[Domestic violence is] one of the things we [women] will hide, because it’s embarrassing. My story was broadcast all over the world for people to see, and they have followed every step of my recovery. The positive thing that has come out of my situation is that people can learn from that."

Rolling Stone points out that Rihanna's single, "Hard," has just "found its way onto the Internet." Fancy that, with her upcoming release "Rated R" due Nov. 23 -- with pre-orders starting tonight.

We hope Rihanna hasn't taken off her armor yet, because her selection to Glamour's list is already generating quite a few slings and arrows in the comments on the magazine's website. Check out the high-powered women who fill out Glamour's list. Hey, at least Amy Poehler is on there too.

A quick listen to "Hard" -- and a review of the lyrics for "Russian Roulette" and "Wait Your Turn," the other songs leaked so far -- has us thinking Rihanna still has a lot she's working through.


-- Christie D'Zurilla