Looking back at the incident, which happened after the 2009 Clive David Pre-Grammy party, she says she doesn't regret the traumatic experience.
"God has a crazy way of working, and sometimes when stuff happens you feel like, 'What did I do to deserve this?' Why was it backfiring on me?'" she recalls. "But I needed that wake-up call in my life. I needed a turning point, and that's what God was giving to me."
Rihanna admits one of the most difficult things was having to deal with the aftermath in the press. "All this terrible stuff they say to you, it breaks you down," she says. "[But] once you're back on your feet -- if you ever make it back on your feet -- that's the ultimate achievement."
Although he left her bruised and battered, Rihanna admits it wasn't easy breaking up with Chris after the incident. "I remember I was in New York at the Trump Hotel and I woke up and I just knew I was over it. It was a different day. I felt different. I didn't feel lonely," she recalls. "I felt like I wanted to get up and be in the world. That was a great, great feeling."
We're glad Rihanna has spoken out about the incident and Chris took full responsibility, hopefully it'll help those in similar situations come forward and seek help.
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