Rihanna fought back tears as she related her previous troubles with former boyfriend Chris Brown in an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey on her roving talkshow Oprah’s Next Chapter. Slated to air August 19 (US time) on the Oprah Winfrey Channel, the episode features Oprah and Rihanna traversing through her house and going back to Barbados to visit her relatives and tour the living quarters she grew up in.

In the sneak peek above, Rihanna admits that the world might have misunderstood Chris Brown and put him in a mould too fast. She said, “I lost my best friend, like everything I knew switched in a night and I couldn’t control that so I had to deal with that and it’s not easy for me to understand or interpret… on camera, not with the world watching. It was hard for me to even pay attention to my mind and figuring things out because it now became a circus and I felt protective. The only person they hate right now is him.”

She also noted that few out there were thinking about how Chris was affected by problems he could not solve himself. “It was a weird, confusing space to be in because as angry, hurt and betrayed as I was, he made that mistake because he needed help. 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 about the source. I was more concerned about him,” related Rihanna.

“Nobody could feel that more than me. I was hurt the most; nobody felt what I felt. It happened to me in front of the world. It was embarrassing, it was humiliating, it was hurtful. You know, it’s not easy,” Rihanna affirmed the strugglec she had to go through coping with the spotlight on her during the saga which happened in 2009. On June 22, 2009, Chris Brown was charged guilty with the felony assult and was given an order to stay 50 yards away from her but the ruling was changed in February 2011 to allow both artistes to appear at future awards shows.

We do not know about you, but judging by this snippet, she seems to still be spending a lot of time at least thinking about him but not as much physical time with him since 2009. What do you think: should she still be holding on or is it time to let go?