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Rihanna Talks Chris Brown, Love & Her Body in April Issue of 'Vogue'

Island Def Jam(NEW YORK) -- In the April issue of Vogue magazine, cover girl Rihanna opens up about her life after her assault by Chris Brown. 

According to published reports, she tells the magazine that the 2009 incident gave her "a lot of liberation," explaining, "I was able to tap into the personal part of my music...I started to tell stories through my music that were actually my stories.  My album before that...there was still an innocence to me. And what that time in my life did was kind of wake people up: [my life] is not all a bed of roses."

Rihanna also says that now that she's split with L.A. Dodger Matt Kemp, she's taking a break from romance.  According to published reports, she tells Vogue, "I just kind of shut down from that. I just let it go. I don't ever want to have to depend on a relationship. I think it's a really special thing to find love. It's beautiful. Nothing can match it. But I want to make sure that I find other things in life that I love"

In addition, Rihanna discusses what she feels is a betrayal by her father, Ronald Fenty, with whom she's angry for talking to the tabloids after the 2009 assault.  She tells Vogue, "He never called to find out how I was doing, if I was alive, nothing...he went straight to the press and got a check."

After the "edgy, aggressive" look and feel of her last album, Rated R, Rihanna is showing off a much sexier image these days with her new album, Loud.  And she says she's finally learned to love her body.  She tells Vogue, "Over the holidays...I realized that I actually like my body, even if it's not perfect according to the book. I just feel sexy.  For the first time, I don't want to get rid of the curves. I just want to tone it up." 

Rihanna shows off her curves in an exclusive behind-the-scenes cover shoot video posted on Vogue's website.

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