In the latest edition of Rolling Stone magazine, where Rihanna graces the cover, she speaks openly about her rekindled love with singer, Chris Brown. Sure, everyone talks about it and some even support their decision to find love in a hopeless place (get it?), but dare I ask the question: Would you go back to an abuser? It may sound harsh or you may not even care, but I’m really curious. Would you willingly go back to someone who beat you to a pulp? Furthermore, would you risk your brand, your endorsement deals, you image, etc. all in the name of love? Does love really conquer all? Check out what she had to say in her interview:
What does it mean for her public image?
I decided it was more important for me to be happy,” she tells contributing editor Josh Eells in the new issue of Rolling Stone, out Friday, January 31st. “I wasn’t going to let anybody’s opinion get in the way of that. Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake. After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I’d rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it…I wanted him to know what it felt like to lose me. To feel the consequences of that. But I got real with myself, and I just couldn’t bury the way I felt.
She explains why this time is different:
“When you add up the pieces from the outside, it’s not the cutest puzzle in the world,” Rihanna says. “You see us walking somewhere, driving somewhere, in the studio, in the club, and you think you know. But it’s different now. We don’t have those types of arguments anymore. We talk about shit. We value each other. We know exactly what we have now, and we don’t want to lose that.”
Her views on if he messes up again:
Listen, I’ll tell you right now: I don’t have to take it. If he gives me that again, here’s what I give him: nothing. I just walk away. He doesn’t have the luxury of fucking up again,” she says. “That’s just not an option. I can’t say that nothing else will ever go wrong. But I’m pretty solid in the knowing that he’s disgusted by that. And I wouldn’t have gone this far if I ever thought that was a possibility.
She tells us what she loves about him:
For a long time he was really angry, and he felt like he couldn’t get away from it, no matter what he did. But there’s so many reasons why I ever reconsidered having him in my life. He’s not the monster everybody thinks. He’s a good person. He has a fantastic heart. He’s giving and loving. And he’s fun to be around. That’s what I love about him – he always makes me laugh. All I want to do is laugh, really – and I do that with him.
Wait. You think I’m here to rehabilitate Chris? No, no, no. That is not my purpose. Trust me. I could have done that from the jump if I thought that was my job. My job was to take care of myself – and I did. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think Chris was ready…And trust me – it makes me feel great to know that people care. I guess it’s just something that will show with time. There’s nothing I could say that would convince you right now. But we’re in a great place. And I can’t ever see us going back.
1) I think that haircut would look cute on you!
2) I don’t want to psychoanalyze the situation and explain the “cycle of violence”, but I knew they were going to get back together because I always viewed it as they weren’t together because “their people” wouldn’t allow it. I think they need to be able to live their lives and if it works, cool, if it doesn’t (which it probably won’t) then they’ll know its because THEY made the decision not to be together and no one made the decision for them.
3) Overall, I still think them being back together is a publicity stunt, she’s doing him a favor. If not, why all the games on instagram and twitter? Hopefully this arrangement will be mutually beneficial for both of them.
Very, very true!!! Not quite sure about the publicity stunt part, but I do agree that THEY are making this decision, as opposed to their team of brand watchers making the choice for them. Thanks for sharing!!!