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    Rihanna hopes some good came out of her assault at the hands of Chris Brown.

    The Barbados-born singer - who was attacked by ex-boyfriend Chris at a pre-Grammy's party in February - said the assault was the "wake-up call" she needed, and believes it marked a "turning point" in her life.

    The 21-year-old star said: "I've been through a lot in the last two years that forced me to do some growing up. "The assault came at the end of an incredible year for me, career-wise. Now I kind of look back on it as the beginning of a new era, almost like it was a wake-up call for me.

    It was a massive turning point for me in my life." The 'Umbrella' singer admitted 2009 has been the toughest year of her life but said at least Chris now knew what he had done was wrong and had been able to seek help. She said: "As bad and as terrible it was, so much that's great came out of the situation.

    Even for Chris he knows now that he's never going to do that again. "Before, young girls thought my life was perfect. Now they realise it's not. Nobody's perfect. I'm living the same human life that they are, just with a more public career."

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    Singer Rihanna blows a kiss at an outdoor concert in New York's Times Square during an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America, November 24, 2009.

    One might think Rihanna would welcome a drama-free relationship after her romance with Chris Brown came to such an abrupt and violent end. But one would be wrong.

    When Glamour U.K. asked the singer what she looks for in a man, she made one thing clear — no nice guys.

    “Definitely the high-risk (type),” the Grammy winner said. “I don't like cream puff, corny guys. Usually they are the nice guys, the ones that won't hurt you. They'll pull out the chair for you and the whole nine yards. Everything is perfect and boring … I like the risk. I like the edge. That's the thrill for me.”


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    Rihanna got so emotional making her new album she had to keep leaving the studio.

    The 21-year-old singer - who was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown at a pre-Grammy Awards party in February - has revealed the recording process for LP 'Rated R' was very personal because of the subject matter of the songs.

    Rihanna said: "It's the closest album to me, to my heart. I opened up a lot on it and got a little vulnerable and let my emotions out on it. Everything's documented on the album."

    It's only now the album is finished that Rihanna can listen to it without getting upset.

    She said: "I'm able to listen back to it now but in the beginning it was really weird. I couldn't listen to demos or anything. It was too deep for me. I kept leaving the studio when people wanted to listen to the songs."