By Access Hollywood
Three years after Rihanna and Chris Brown?s headline-making pre-Grammys incident, the singer is speaking out, saying it actually empowered her.
?It gave me guns ... they know more about me than I want them to know. It?s embarrassing. But that was my opening. That was my liberation, my moment of 'bring it.' I wanted people to know who I am,? the 24-year-old told ELLE magazine?s May issue.
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?Whatever they take that to be, good or bad, I just want them to know the truth. There are still a lot of rumors out there, and I?ll never be able to stop that. But you just have to ignore all that stuff,? she continued. ?I have more freedom the more people know about me. It?s like, one less skeleton in the closet, one less burden, one less secret; now you know that, so you can say what you want about it. I don?t have anything to hide.?
She also spoke out about the negative response she?s had for keeping in contact with Brown.
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?The bottom line is that everyone thinks differently. It?s very hard for me to accept, but I get it,? she told the mag. ?People end up wasting their time on the blogs or whatever, ranting away, and that?s all right. Because tomorrow I?m still going to be the same person. I?m still going to do what I want to do.?
As for new love, the pop star said she?s looking to date again, but is having trouble finding the right guy.
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?I feel like it?s hard for everybody! I don?t think it has anything to do with being famous. There?s just a major drought out there. I don?t know. I guess I?m challenging, because my job seems to affect every relationship I have or try to have. Even with people I think should get it,? she said. ?That seems to be a big factor; it?s always an issue. But I just need to find the person who balances me out, because then things like my schedule won?t matter. I?ve done it before, so I know I can do it again.?
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