Tyra Banks on her interviews with Chris Brown and Rihanna
Over the past few years, talk show host Tyra Banks has interviewed both Chris and Rihanna. "Rihanna told me her parents used to argue so intensely, she used to get these headaches, these migraines that were almost not even treatable with medicine," Tyra says. "The moment her parents separated, her migraines went away."

In his appearance on The Tyra Banks Show, Chris said he watched his mother suffer abuse from the time he was 7 years old until he was 13. The abuser was not his biological father. "I treat [women] differently because I know I never want to go through the same thing or put a woman through the same thing that the person put my mom through," Chris told Tyra.

When Tyra first heard about the alleged incident, she says she didn't believe it—until the police report was released. "I went back to that interview and I said, 'Oh my God, he's repeating [the cycle of abuse].'"

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Tyra cautions against judging Rihanna for going back to Chris. "Sometimes we hold these celebrities up to a higher standard, but we have to look at her as a human being and understand that she is no better or no different than any other girl," Tyra says. "She is just as easily pulled into the cycle of abuse of going back."

"I think we need to send love to both of them," Oprah says. "For him to be healed, and for her to be healed also."
FROM: A Special Report: Tyra Banks and Dating Violence
Published on March 12, 2009


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