Robin Givens was a rising star in the 1980s when her famous husband, Mike Tyson, abused her. So she can relate to what Rihanna is going through now.
“It is so difficult to balance celebrity, being young and having this huge responsibility,” Givens, 44, told PEOPLE Thursday at Marshall’s “Shop Til It Stops” event in New York City’s Union Square to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “I was a baby. So I understand the pressure that Rihanna feels to speak out, especially when that camera is on you.