"This is a real situation," he said in Phoenix at the Sprite Green presents the Third Annual Two Kings dinner with Jay-Z and Lebron James, as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend.
"You have to have compassion for others. Just imagine it being your sister or mom and then think about how we should talk about that," the hip-hop mogul, 39, continued.
"I just think we should all support her. She's going through a tough time. You have to realize she's a young girl, as well. She's very young."
Rihanna, 20, was allegedly attacked in Los Angeles on Feb. 8 by boyfriend Chris Brown, 19. He was arrested and may face charges from the district attorney.
Rihanna's father, Ronald Fenty, tells PEOPLE that his daughter, whom he saw Thursday, is bruised, but "she will be all right."
Asked if he'd seen Rihanna, Jay-Z replied, "I don't want to go into it."
Opinion of KidsOn a less somber note, in light of his and wife Beyoncé's appearance on Saturday at the Boys and Girls Club, Jay-Z was asked if the two are itching to have children of their own.
"There was a lot of children in there," he said, laughing. "I don't know if you've been around a lot of children, but it doesn't really give you the itch. I actually ran outta there."
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