Oprah Advises Chris Brown & Rihanna

updated 03/09/2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

originally published 03/09/2009 12:25PM



Oprah Winfrey is the latest celebrity weighing in on Rihanna and Chris Brown's domestic drama. And she's taking action, too.

"Chris Brown and Rihanna, if I was your friend, I would call you up and I would say, 'Give it some time, get yourself some counseling, take care of yourself,' " Winfrey said during a live, roundtable discussion Friday on her talk show. "'Heal yourself first.''

She additionally strongly advised, "And also, love doesn’t hurt. I've been saying this to women for years: 'If a man hits you once, he will hit you again.' "

Moved by the allegations of abuse, and the fact that Rihanna is still dating Brown, Winfrey says she plans to dedicate an upcoming episode of her show to the topic of domestic violence.

"It makes me so sad that I said to the producers, 'I want to do a show about it this week dedicated to all the Rihanna's of the world,' " Winfrey said, citing a statistic that one out of four women in the country are battered.

Sitting at the table with Winfrey, Gayle King echoed her friend's sentiments while she also weighed in about the pop stars' relationship.

"My thing about this is, if you guys want to get back together, I'm okay with that, but at least take some time," she said. "I'm so worried that she's sending the wrong message to the fans. And him, too."

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