Rihanna gave Chris Brown her blessings to talk about assault in new documentary

In February 2009, Brown attacked Rihanna after a pre-Grammy awards party in Los Angeles.

Barbadian singer Rihanna reportedly gave Chris Brown her permission to talk about attacking her in 2009. The Loyal singer had hit the Grammy winning singer so forcefully that she had major bruising on her face, a split lip and a bloody nose.

In the trailer for his forthcoming documentary, Welcome to my Life: The Official Chris Brown Documentary, he said: "I went from being on top of the world, number one songs, being kind of like America's sweetheart, to being public enemy number one. I felt like a f***ing monster. I was thinking about suicide and everything else. I wasn't sleeping, I wasn't eating. I just was getting high."

A source told Hollywood Life: "She knew about the documentary. Chris told her he was considering doing a documentary and that he would be talking about that nightmare night. At first, she was surprised he wanted to go public with this, she cautioned him that he had to be mentally and emotionally prepared to go back and relive it. However, he reassured her that this was something good, something he wanted to do. She supported him, and still supports him. She's proud of how far he's come and understands his reason for going forward, protecting Royalty. Chris has her blessings."

"Had Chris been the man he is now eight years ago, Ri would still be with him. It hasn't always been easy for him to express his feelings publicly and she couldn't be prouder of him with his documentary," the insider added. "Chris is working on himself and trying to be the best man and father he can."