Rihanna shows a lot of skin on the cover of January's GQ. Scantily-clad was also the theme for inside the magazine, and Rihanna was similarly ready to bare all when the interview turned to talking about Chris Brown and the night he assaulted her. She's promoting her new album, Rated R, but Rihanna opened up about deciding to talk about the incident, how doing so has liberated her, and what she learned from the whole ordeal. She said:


  • On deciding talking was the right thing to do: "Because I wanted to move on. And I knew that was the only way I could have done it. And I wanted people to move on with me. 'Cause the last big thing they know about me is That Night. And I don't want that to be what people define me as."
  • On what she learned: "Um . . . really really really that love is blind. It took a lot of strength to pull out of that relationship. To finally just officially cut it off. It was like night and day. It was two different worlds. It was the world I lived for two years, and then having the strength to say, I'm gonna step into my own world. Start over.'"
  • On being liberated by talking about the assault: "It's relieving. Because it was built up for so long, and all these thoughts and emotions have been running through my mind for the past eight months. And now it's like I finally get to let go and move on."

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