Rihanna Says Chris Brown Incident Brought Her Closer to God

Apparently, Rihanna is a big believer in the silver-lining-in-every cloud thing.

The “Russian Roulette” singer opens up in the latest issue of Glamour about the past year’s events in her life—specifically, about the beating she received from ex-boyfriend Chris Brown after a pre-Grammys party in February. 

According to Rihanna, the incident—and the flurry of negative publicity that followed—had at least one bright side: It strengthened her relationship with the Man Upstairs.

Says Rihanna,

“My friends and family have been extremely supportive, and everyone has been there for me. But at some point you are there alone. It’s a lonely place to be—no one can understand. That’s when you get close to God.”

The Barbados-born songbird was particularly stung when a photo depicting her injuries was leaked onto the Internet (“It was humiliating,” she reveals). But, with the incident behind her, Rihanna figures that she’s emerged as a better person from the ordeal:

“I’m stronger, wiser and more aware. You don’t realize how much your decisions affect people you don’t even know, like fans.”

Let’s hope Brown has experienced the same epiphany.