Rihanna is refusing to let her brutal beating by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown overshadow her music achievements, because she has no desire to become the "domestic violence spokesperson".
The Umbrella hitmaker is bouncing back with a new album after a tumultuous nine months, which saw her go into hiding following a violent bust-up with Brown in February (09).
He was sentenced to five years' probation and community service as a result of the attack and was ordered to stay away from the Bajan beauty for the duration of his punishment.
Rihanna opened up about the painful incident for the first time in a U.S. TV interview last week (06Nov09), telling newswoman Diane Sawyer how Brown "blacked out" as his punches rained down on her.
She added, "It wasn't the same person that says I love you. It was not those... eyes. He had no soul in his eyes - just blank."
Rihanna revealed she broke off her relationship with the Kiss Kiss singer for good in March (09) after a brief reunion because she wanted to set a good example to her young fans.
She is keen to encourage women stuck in similar situations to reach out for help, but she doesn't want her legacy to be tainted by the attack as she's achieved so much career-wise.
The Grammy winner tells MTV, "One of the big things for me, I always want to help young women and give them insight into life experiences.
"One of those things is going through an abusive relationship like I did. But that's one thing for me. So I don't want to be the big domestic violence spokesperson, because that doesn't define who I am. But if I can help young women in any way, and that being one of the things they need help with, then I'll do that."