story goes, Chris Brown attacked Rihanna in 2009 after she threw the keys to his Lamborghini during a scuffle. The pictures showed a beat-up pop singer, leaving Brown still on probation for his transgressions, three years later.
Rihanna has since made very questionable creative decisions. The video for the song "S&M," for instance. We support her decision to explore alternative sexual lifestyles and being freaky definitely doesn't mean domestic abuse turns you on, but again and again, Rihanna seems to make really odd choices, mixing violence with romance. Again with Eminem in "Love the Way You Lie," she sings, "Well, that's alright, because I like the way it hurts." And the Jamaicans are pissed at her over the "Man Down" video in which she's getting roughed up, and giving Caribbeans, many think, a bad rap.
There were rumors on the web about a Brown-Rihanna reunion, and he recently even attended her birthday party. But no one expected the bomb that dropped today. Brown will appear on Rihanna's upcoming track "Birthday Cake (Remix)."
Sure Brown brings the party, but doesn't he also bring the beatings? This whole ordeal fascinates us. Do we love Brown or hate him? Who cares. What matters is, does Rihanna?
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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.