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Rihanna Says Chris Brown Assault Was a "Wake-Up Call"

Well Said or Say What? Rihanna on Chris Brown's Assault

Rihanna reflects on her ex Chris Brown physically assaulting her in February 2009 in the December issue of Marie Claire UK. She explained:

"I needed that wake-up call in my life. I needed a turning point, and that's what God was giving to me . . . All this terrible stuff they say to you, it breaks you down . . . [But] once you're back on your feet — if you ever make it back on your feet — that's the ultimate achievement."

While I understand bad things can have good outcomes, referring to it as a "wake-up call" makes it sound like she's blaming herself. Do you think it's well said, or are you asking say what?

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Ac2366 Ac2366 6 years
I don't see anything wrong with what she said. I guess you have to have been in the situation to understand how you do get a wake up call. It is hard to get back on your feet, but once you do it's liberating.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
i agree with dexaholic. it was a wake-up call for her. and sometimes you need one to get out of a terrible situation. i was in an emotionally/verbally abusive relationship for a couple years, and had gotten so used to it, i didn't know that that's no how relationships were supposed to be. one night, it almost got physical. at that point, i said, "what the hell am i doing with this guy?" really ended up being one of the best things that happened to me.
dexaholic dexaholic 6 years
I think it's well intended. Sometimes we're stuck in a situation and we don't realize how bad it is until one day we do. It doesn't matter what makes us realize it - it might be as horrible as physical abuse like Rihanna had to suffer, or it might be verbal abuse, or it might be the way he eats his soup - but once we recognize the situation as what it is, we have to act, and we have to pick ourselves up and get back on our feet. And that, as she says is "the ultimate achievement".
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 6 years
its not very clear to me, but does she mean that he was wrong for her for a long time and she couldnt realize it until he violently assaulted her? and now its all great because she's happier without him?
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
I agree with JadeMorn. She's trying to make some good out of a terrible situation. Most women in abusive relationships have a very low self-esteem. In other parts of that interview, she talks about being truly happy now and not feeling like she's faking smiles. Sometimes we have to hit rock bottom before we realize we need to get out bad situations. I think that's what she meant.
Burkina Burkina 6 years
I think this is taken out of context. The question she was asked wasn't released so its difficult to understand. I think she meant wake up call as in her situation being made public and all the feedback and the realization that she had to leave him. That was her wake up call.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 6 years
I agree with colleen. She's making it sounds like it's a good thing that it happened. It's a bad thing that she feels that it had to happen for her to get a wake up call. She just always sounds so stupid. Her music is idiotic "i want a rude boy, I like the way you pull my hair", her interviews are a waste of time, and her fashion taste is ridiculously bad.
AgainAnew AgainAnew 6 years
I don't see how this could be misconstrued as her blaming herself. I think it is true that some men can break the women in their life down. She is saying she learned from the experience, there's no way that can be bad.
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