In the three years since the fight with Chris Brown that landed her in the hospital, Rihanna has talked about it in only one interview. She’s given tons of interviews since the one with Diane Sawyer, but it seems the 2009 incident is off limits as is her love life in general. Just this past April, she stormed out of an interview in Australia after the reporter asked her about her love life. That likely sent the memo to the press, “don’t go there”.
But Oprah is not just part of the press. She’s the Queen of Talk and nothing seems to be off-limits for her. In an interview slated to air on OWN’s “Next Chapter” this Sunday, Oprah got Rihanna to open up about the 2009 incident and where she is at with Chris Brown. Talking about the aftermath of the fight brought Rihanna to tears as she told Oprah:
I lost my best friend, like everything I knew switched in a night. I couldn’t control that and I had to deal with that so it wasn’t easy for me to understand or interpret. And it’s not easy to interpret on camera with the world watching. So it’s hard for me to pay attention to my mind and figuring things out because now it became a circus and I felt protective. I felt like the only person that they hate right now is him and it was a weird confusing space to be in. Cause’ as angry as I was, as hurt and betrayed, I felt that he made that mistake because he needed help. Who’s going to help him? Nobody is going to say, “he needs help”. Everyone is going to say he’s a monster without looking at the source. I was more concerned about him.
Personally, for Rihanna to call him her best friend after he busted her face up like that is perplexing. It’s just further evidence that the concepts of love and friendship in our community are all sorts of warped. Does smashing a girl’s face in negate all the good a relationship had been or could have been? In a word, yes. Nobody’s “best friend” sends them to the emergency room.
As far as the interview itself, Oprah probably would have not even brought up the fight if rumors of a reconciliation between Rihanna and Chris Brown hadn’t been heating up over the past several months. For everyone wishing people would stop bringing up the “incident”, the fact is, these two will probably never be together again in peace because the public will never forget that fight. The only way for the public to get over it is for them to get over each other and stop trying to pretend like nothing happened. Whether they like it or not, Rihanna/Chris Brown is still practically synonymous with “violent dating relationship”. It actually would have been odd if Oprah wouldnot have brought it up, thus clearly ignoring the elephant in the room.
I’m interested to hear what she has to say about where they’re at now.
Chris saw the video clip. Of course he saw it, how do you think he feels? He feels horrible he did that. Watching [Rihanna's interview with Oprah] made him realize he made a big mistake and he’s been paying for it ever since. He’s working hard, in the studio, dancing, doing everything he can to rebuild his name and career and I think he has been successful in doing all that. Y’all should be talking about his road to recovery and how he’s been a man and made s–t right. He and Rih are cool, more cool than anyone will know. She forgave the [boy] the minute that s–t went down, so what that say about their relationship?”
It says these two would be better off going their separate ways for good because as long as they continue to toy with the media hinting at a reconciliation, nobody is going to stop talking about what he did.
What do you think about this interview? Will you watch it?
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