In emotional footage from Rihanna‘s upcoming interview with Diane Sawyer, the singer explains it was her fans that made her realize that reuniting with Chris Brown after he violently assaulted her last February was a mistake. “I stayed. I even went back after he beat me, which was wrong,” she said in a clip aired on Good Morning America today. “It’s completely normal to go back. It’s not right. I learned the hard way, but again, this is what I want people to know. When I realized that my selfish decision for love could result in some young girl getting killed, I could not be easy with that part. I couldn’t be held responsible for going back.”
Rihanna fought tears as she further explained herself. “Even if Chris never hit me again, who is to say that their boyfriend won’t? Who’s to say that they won’t kill these girls? These are young girls and I just didn’t realize how much of an impact I had on these girls’ lives until that happened…[it’s] embarrassing that that’s the type of person that I fell in love with. So far in love. So unconditional that I went back. It’s humiliating to say this happened. To accept that? It’s a traumatizing experience.”
The full interview airs Friday night on ABC’s 20/20. MTV will air an exclusive interview with Brown that night at 6.