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Rihanna Blames, But Understands, Her Abusive Father

“I actually feel really bad for my father. He was abused, too — he got beat up by his stepdad when he was young. He has resentment toward women, because he felt like his mum never protected him, and unfortunately, my mother was the victim of that. I’m not giving him excuses. Right is right and wrong is wrong. I still blame him. But I understand the source.”

Rihanna opened up about her father’s physical abuse at home and the domestic violence she grew up with (and later experienced in her infamously abusive relationship with ex Chris Brown). I’m always pleased when someone contextualizes an issue like domestic violence like this. As much as people — myself included — want to hate on someone like Chris Brown for being “a bad guy,” we also have to remember that abusive relationships don’t just happen out of thin air. There’s a cycle of violence that victims and perpetrators are looped into. It’s very big of Rihanna to say that while she still blames her dad and his parents for their negative impact on the family, she accepts it for what it is. [Oh No They Didn't! via Rolling Stone]

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