"While I respect Rihanna's right to discuss the specific events of February 8, I maintain my position that all of the details should remain a private matter between us," the singer said in a statement to MTV News. "I do appreciate her support and wish her the best. I am extremely sorry for what I did, and I accept accountability for my actions. At this point, I am taking the proper steps to learn about me and grow from my mistakes. I only hope that others in similar situations can learn from our experience as well. Abuse of any kind is always wrong. The rest I leave it to God."
In her interview, which aired in full on Friday, Rihanna discussed in detail her assault by Chris, telling Diane, "He had no soul in his eyes, just blank."
"I was battered. I was bleeding. I was swollen in my face," she continued. "There's nothing you can do or say to make somebody do that to you. That's just on them."
However, Rihanna said she still cared for Chris, and wished him the best.
"I'm concerned about him doing well. I want him to do well, have a great career and have a great life, and grow up," she said.