Going Public

Rihanna's New Role: Advocate

In a new interview with Glamour, Rihanna talks candidly about her relationship with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, who assaulted her on the eve of the Grammy Awards in February. She called the abuse and the ensuing media frenzy—during which a police photo of Rihanna's injured face was leaked to the press—"humiliating." "That is not a photo you would show to anybody," she said. "I felt completely taken advantage of." The chaos that erupted the day after the news broke made Rihanna feel "like I went to sleep as Rihanna and woke up as Britney Spears." The 21-year-old music star added that "domestic violence is a big secret" because "it's embarrassing," although she hopes that the public can learn from her story. "I want to give as much insight as I can to young women, because I feel like I represent a voice that really isn't heard," she said.