Rihanna on Chris Brown breakup: “I lost my best friend”
Pop singer Rihanna teared up a little when she was asked by TV host Oprah Winfrey about Chris Brown during an interview, saying that when they broke up, she “lost her best friend.”
According to reports, Oprah Winfrey had an interview with 24-year-old Rihanna for “Oprah’s Next Chapter” at her home. The TV host did not hold back on asking about the singer’s relationship with former boyfriend Chris Brown.
While Rihanna may often cast herself as someone who is hard and edgy, she was not afraid to candidly answer Oprah’s questions, all while relaxed and on her home in Barbados.
In the promo clips of the interview, Oprah Winfrey asked Rihanna about the end of her relationship with Chris Brown. Rihanna can be seen tearing up a little, saying, “It was embarrassing. It was humiliating. I lost my best friend.”
“I was resentful. I held a grudge,” Rihanna continued. “I was dark.”
After Chris Brown brutally assaulted Rihanna back in 2009, the former couple has since reconciled, both personally and professionally. This clearly made headlines on various newspapers and media outlets. Rumors that the two had begun dating once again were amped up by Rihanna’s decision to release his-and-her remixes, which they both collaborated on. Rihanna appeared on the remix to Chris Brown’s “Turn Up the Music,” and Brown provided a sex-laced verse on the “Birthday Cake” remix of Rihanna.
Oprah Winfrey admitted that she was actually surprised by RiRi’s non-badass nature, saying that the singer defied all her expectations.
“She was thoughtful. She was very emotional. She was vulnerable,” the TV host said.
Aside from Chris Brown, Oprah and Rihanna also talked about the singer’s native Barbados, where the interview took place. The full conversation airs on OWN during “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” at 9 pm on Sunday, August 19th.
Rihanna’s work in the music industry has earned her several awards and approval, including five American Music Awards, eighteen Billboard Music Awards, two BRIT Awards and five Grammy Awards. She has also achieved a total of eleven number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart — making her the youngest solo artist to achieve the feat. Billboard named Rihanna the Digital Songs Artist of the 2000s decade, and ranked her as the seventeenth artist of the same decade. She is said to be the highest-selling digital artist in history of the United States, having sold 47,571,000 singles as of 2012. Furthermore, Rihanna has also shipped 7.3 million album units in the United States as of September 2011. Some of her singles have earned their place on the list of best-selling singles worldwide. Since the beginning of her music carrer in 2005, Rihanna has sold more than 25 million albums and 60 million singles worldwide, which makes her one of the best selling artists of all time. In June 2011, Forbes reported that Rihanna had earned $29 million between May 2010 and May 2011. Meanwhile in 2012, American magazine “Time” named Rihanna one of the most influential people in the world. Rihanna was also ranked the fourth most powerful celebrity in 2012 with earnings of $53 million between May 2011 and May 2012, according to Forbes magazine.