“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] Keep reading »
Rihanna gets seriously sexy in the new issue of Rolling Stone — where she opens up about why she decided to ease up the restraining order she has against Chris Brown.
“That’s my decision,” she says. “It doesn’t mean we’re gonna make up, or even talk again. It just means I didn’t want to object to the judge.” Read more… Keep reading »
A week ago, Chris Brown smashed a window in his ABC dressing room following an interview on “Good Morning America” where Robin Roberts dared to ask him about Rihanna. Tonight, Chris has an appearance scheduled on another ABC show—”Dancing with the Stars.” Host Tom Bergeron isn’t too enthused. He told Ryan Seacrest yesterday, “I did say to the producers that it might be to their advantage to not have me interview him, because my natural tendency would be to say something. So don’t put me in a position where you’re asking me not to say something, because I won’t really do that.” And who knows what will happen if he asks the question—maybe Chris will rip some sequins off someone’s dance ensemble? Or hey, he might not even show up. He flaked on more than one performance last week. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Let’s have some real talk … I know you think you’ve been having a really bad week and everything, what with your totally unfair “Good Morning America” interview earlier this week, when you were asked by Robin Roberts about your life after Rihanna. You remember Rihanna, right? She was your girlfriend — the one you beat up in February 2009, so violently that many media outlets refused to show the pictures of her. Well, Chris, you really have managed to outdo yourself this time; acting a fool on “GMA” was bad enough, but it was the unapologetic bulls**ttery after the fact that really takes the cake. You should be shocked and awed that you even get invited onto talk shows at all. I know I am. Keep reading »