“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 telling them to go back. even if Chris never hit me again, who’s to say that their boyfriend would not. Who’s to say that they won’t kill these girls?” she said. “These are young girls and I just didn’t realize how much of an impact I had on these girls’ lives until that happened…

Don’t react off of love. F Love. Because love is so blind.”

Read more of the transcript here. The rest of the Rihanna x Diane Sawyer interview will be Friday on 20/20.

I didn’t really expect this angle. She’s taking the full blame for going back to Chris immediately after the assault, and spinning it into a breaking-away for the greater good. Which I think is very accurate actually. It feels rehearsed, but effective.

UPDATE: After watching it again, definitely think this was sharply crafted. I remember the reaction that alot of women had when they saw Chris and Rihanna getting out of that private plane in LA, when he had to make his first court appearance. It was disgust. Now the reality is that, many many women do just that in the aftermath of abuse…but the fact that Rihanna did, and then now says she broke away because she thought of “her impact,” is very smart. She and Chris breaking up because she couldn’t deal with the scrutiny, or the bad pub, or even because she couldnt forgive…none of that has the power of this angle.

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