Rihanna poses nearly nude for GQ as Brown implodes
Pop star Rihanna also spoke of her hope that her new album would inspire other victims of domestic abuse
Rihanna has appeared on the cover of American GQ wearing no more than a pair of leather hotpants in the latest stage of her transformation from domestic abuse victim to sex goddess-cum-pop princess.
In the accompanying interview, which she gave to promote her new album Rated R, she spoke about the therapeutic effects of being able to talk about the night in February when she was beaten by her then boyfriend, R 'n' B singer Chris Brown.
"It's relieving because it was built up for so long, and all these thoughts and emotions have been running through my mind for the past eight months. And now it's like I finally get to let go and move on."
The shoot comes just three months after a topless Rihanna appeared in a black-and-white fashion supplement in Italian Vogue.
In the GQ interview, Rihanna also spoke about her hope that her new album will encourage other victims of domestic abuse to come forward. "That's part of the insight that I wanna give," the Barbadian says. "Stop blaming yourself for that outcome. There's nothing you can do, ever, to excuse a man's behaviour like that."
Meanwhile, Rihanna's ex-boyfriend has quit Twitter in disgust after claiming his new album, Grafitti - which has been selling poorly - is not being stocked in major stores.
In a series of posts before deactivating his account, Brown wrote: "im tired of this shit. major stores r blackballing my cd. not stockin the shelves and lying to costumers. what the fuck do i gotta do... the industry can kiss my ass." ·
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