By Jessica Herndon
Nine months after her fight with Chris Brown, Rihanna finally opens up about the night that left her bruised and bloody.
"This happened to me. … It can happen to anyone," the singer, 21, tells Diane Sawyer in an interview airing Thursday on Good Morning America and on 20/20 on Friday.
Rihanna says it was particularly difficult because of the special place Brown held in her heart: "He was definitely my first big love."
Both singers have worked to move on. Brown is serving his sentence and working on new music, his album Graffiti will drop Dec. 15; and Rihanna is shaking things up with her edgy fashion and releasing her fourth album Rated R on Nov. 23. The album's first single "Russian Roulette" debuted last week.