Rihanna has hit out at confidantes of her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown after they took to the internet to criticise her for telling all about their volatile relationship in an explosive TV interview.
The Umbrella hitmaker opened up for the first time about Brown's February (09) attack on her earlier this month (Nov09) in a revealing discussion with broadcaster Diane Sawyer.
Rihanna revealed how Brown "blacked out" as his punches rained down on her, adding, "It wasn't the same person that says I love you. It was not those... eyes. He had no soul in his eyes - just blank."
Her candid chat infuriated Brown's associates and dancer pals, and many turned to Twitter.com to defend the Kiss Kiss singer and accuse Rihanna of lying for the cameras.
One dancer wrote, "I wish dancers can speak about things that really go on! Let me just say, Chris Brown was pushed to the extreme!"
Another confidante added, "Shame on Rihanna."
But Rihanna was shocked to learn who had written the online posts - because she used to call them friends too.
She tells New York DJ Angie Martinez, "I saw it. It tricked me out (angered her) because I know a few of them."
The Bajan beauty insists she only sought to break the taboo surrounding domestic violence by talking so openly about the bust-up - and she's upset Brown's confidantes misinterpreted her comments as an attack on her ex.
She says, "I kinda expected it (backlash). They think that I've got an agenda to destroy his career. That interview was solely to do with inspiring these young girls and providing a voice for them so they can have something to hold onto."
Brown pleaded guilty to beating Rihanna and recently started a five-year community service sentence. He was also ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from his ex for the next five years.