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Rihanna releases statement

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

'Staying strong'

Rihanna has finally released a statement regarding the Chris Brown situation.

'Staying strong'"At the request of the authorities, Rihanna is not commenting about the incident involving Chris Brown," Friday's statement reads.

"She wants to assure her fans that she remains strong, is doing well, and deeply appreciates the outpouring of support she has received during this difficult time."

The statement arrives on the singer's 21st birthday.

Rihanna finally surfaced in Los Angeles, nearly two weeks after Chris Brown allegedly beat, strangled and threatened to kill her.

TMZ published a police photo of Rihanna on Thursday, showing the extent of her horrific injuries: two huge lumps on her forehead, bruises all over her face and a bloodied lip. The Los Angeles police department is investigating the leak and have a suspected source in mind.

"A violation of this type is considered serious misconduct, with penalties up to and including termination," police said in a statement.

And while Rihanna's father is reportedly livid the photo was leaked, he said one good thing could come of it -- his daughter's story will finally be believed.

"It's good and it's bad to see the picture because there's other people who were thinking differently, that (Rihanna's injuries) may not be that bad, just a little spank or a little thing," he said.

Rihanna's father will be Oprah February 24.

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