She fell in love with him. He said he loved her. Then, he beat her. They separated – and now, they’re back together. This seems like he plot to a horrible Lifetime movie, doesn’t it? I wish it were so. Unfortunately, this story is all too true – specfically, these are outlines of the celebrity relationship between Chris Brown and Rihanna.
The two met and started dating sometime in 2008. They were known as a very romantic couple, often seeing publicly kissing and hugging. It seemed like a fairytale relationship: A successful rapper pairs up with a successful singer. What could go wrong? Well, obviously something did on Sunday, February 8th, 2009, when Chris Brown was arrested on assault charges, suspected of beating Rihanna (specifically in the face). Long story short, Rihanna and Chris Brown obviously separated from each other. Over the next several years, Rihanna and Chris Brown continued to work separately, each releasing their own profitable albums and singles. It appeared as though the water had calmed and the fish were swimming in separate schools. However, this past Monday night (in the present time), Rihanna and Chris Brown were seen together, leaving a hotel and sitting together at a nightclub. It marked the first time the press had concrete evidence of their pair’s reunion – although there had been some suspicions of this over the last few months or so, the press this time managed to take photos of Rihanna and Chris Brown, once again, snuggling and kissing.
Rihanna reunited with the evil in her life. She even felt as though the public and the press criticized Brown too harshly. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey on August 19,2012, “She went on to explain to Oprah that at first she was angry, frustrated that Chris would hit her, but after seeing the devastating backlash that Chris Brown had to endure she actually felt bad for him. “I felt like the only person that people hated at that time was him,” Rihanna said. “It was a weird and confusing space to be in because as angry, hurt and betrayed as I was I just felt like he made that mistake because he needed help,”.” (Z6Mag.com, 2012). I simply don’t understand Rihanna’s recent actions. I suppose it is natural to feel some lingering sympathy for the one you once loved. But why would one reunite with one of the greatest evils in their life? Does Rihanna not recognize the rampant possibility of another beating? The answer is: obviously not, because she continues to play Chris Brown’s game. In addition to all this, at least of Monday night, Chris Brown already has a girlfriend – who isn’t Rihanna. So not only is Rihanna denying herself freedom from the tyranny that is Chris Brown, she is also encouraging his immoral deeds. In one way, Rihanna does have some merit in her words: yes, Chris Brown does need help. But it also appears to me Rihanna believes she can provide that help. Well, to be frank, no Rihanna, you can’t. Let Chris Brown solve his own issues before you hurt yourself. Again.