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Rihanna tells Oprah she was 'more concerned about Chris' after brutal attack

Rihanna welcomed Oprah Winfrey into her home in Barbados Photo: OWN/oprah.com

Global superstar singer Rihanna opened her heart to talk show queen Oprah Winfrey about her relationship with her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown in a surprising tell-all interview.

The 24-year-old singer, who was brutally assaulted by Brown three years ago, told the talk show host she was "more concerned about him" after the attack.

Pictures at the time of a bruised, bite-marked and bloodied Rihanna caused outrage when they were circulated on the internet.

Brown's music was blacklisted by a number of radio stations and he was sentenced to five years probation, 1,400 hours of community service and was forced to undergo a 53-week domestic violence counselling course.

Rihanna became emotional during her interview with Oprah. Credit: OWN/oprah.com

Rihanna told Oprah she felt confused after the attack. She said she felt angry, humiliated and "dark" but was actually more concerned for the welfare of Chris. She said:

Oddly, I also protective over him. Because as angry as I was, as angry and hurt and betrayed, I just felt like he made that mistake because he needed help. And who's going to help him? Nobody's going to say he needs help, everybody's going to say he's a monster, without looking at the source. And I was more concerned about him.

Rihanna has reportedly rekindled her romance with Chris recently. The two have been spotted out together after collaborating on a song.

Oprah said she had expected Rihanna to be an edgy "badass" but she was pleasantly surprised by the singer. The pair enjoyed a tour of Rihanna's home in Barbados and visited the area the singer grew up in.

The full interview airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network this Sunday, August 19.