Be happy and true to yourself: Rihanna

London: Rihanna says the Chris Brown incident helped her learn to be happy and true to herself.

The `Umbrella` hitmaker, who is dating baseball star Matt Kemp, says she has realised that the most important thing in life is to support one`s own decisions and not do things just to please others, Contactmusic reported.

The Barbados-born beauty went through a bad phase when she was assaulted by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown in February 2009. However, she believes that her ordeal made her the person she is now.

"I couldn`t have been the woman I am today, or the friend, or the sister, or the artist, or the role model I am today if I didn`t go through what I went through in the last year and a half," she said.

"The most important thing is to be happy and true to yourself.I don`t want to look back at this in 30 years from now and say, `I did it all to make them happy and I didn`t enjoy. I want to be able to say people loved me because of who I am. People have a lot more respect for you when you`re yourself and let them see your imperfections. That`s the big connection," Rihanna said.