Rihanna, after keeping quiet for nine months, talks about the beating ex-boyfriend Chris Brown gave her in an interview slated to air on Thursday's Good Morning America, and Friday's 20/20.
In a brief transcript released by ABC, the Barbadian beauty said of the vicious pounding she received at the hands of the Forever singer: "This happened to me... It can happen to anyone."
Rihanna said Brown "was definitely my first big love," which made the incident that much harder to recover from; the Umbrella singer has kept a low profile since the Feb. 8 incident, as it took her more than three months to step on a red carpet after the beating.
Brown was sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to do 180 days of community labor as a part of the plea deal he made in June for his assault, which took place in in Hancock Park, California. The restraining order issued to Brown orders to keep his distance from her for five years.
Rihanna's fourth album, Rated R, hits stores Nov. 23