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Rihanna and Chris Brown: Love or Hate?

Monday, February 11, 2013

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Rihanna and Chris Brown. Chances are, if you hear their names together in sentence, a few thoughts may run into your mind. R&B superstars, talented musicians, controversial couple, the list goes on.

Four years ago, on the eve of the Grammys, a very shocking story about the couple surfaced, later accompanied with by an even more disturbing image. This year at the Grammys, the couple displayed so much PDA, the camera couldn't seem to focus on anyone else. While the pair has claimed they were just friends up until recently and made it clear their relationship was "Nobody's Business", does the fact that their public figures matter? Or, should their relationship be their own business and not up to the public to scrutinize? 

Tell us what you think!

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breaux wrote:
1) 2/15/2013 11:50:21 AM
Once a beater always a beater. By staying, she is asking for it.
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ladybug64 wrote:
2) 2/15/2013 11:54:58 AM
She an idiot, and deserves everything coming to her
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I got away wrote:
3) 2/15/2013 12:04:03 PM
I don't know either if them, just what I and other women in my family have gone through. I have actually used her public ridiculousness with this "man" to tell my children about what I went through. I doubt this is the role models they set out to be, but it is the role models they have become. Be there for any woman you know going through a bad relationship. Even if you have to just wait for her to be ready to go. It isn't rational, love rarely is. I hope her better than
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Magdalene wrote:
4) 2/15/2013 12:08:29 PM
She's setting a horrible example for those that look up to her. What are young girls supposed to think when they see someone so cool and well-known go back to a boyfriend who made her face black & blue?? Never stay in or go back to an abusive relationship!!
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yogagrrl wrote:
5) 2/15/2013 12:12:12 PM
Listen to the lyric of the Eurythmics' Sweet Dreams are made of this. Pretty much sums up this relationship.
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RiRi32 wrote:
6) 2/15/2013 12:23:59 PM
In my opinion, no outside person can say if what happened in that car that night will ever occur again. Largely due to the fact that we, the general public, don't know what happened in the first place. I hardly think Rihanna an ignorant or naive person who would walk back into a situation destined to repeat itself. Nor do I think what happened to be Chris' true nature. Young people tend to experiment with recreational substances while out parting and this could have been be an example of why not to.
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Baje wrote:
7) 2/15/2013 12:34:17 PM
THEIR business not mine....we live in a world with all types of abuse, it's up to us to raise our kids with the values WE want them to have, I think kids will look at their immediate circle for examples and not celebrities
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Jasmyn wrote:
8) 2/15/2013 12:45:38 PM
Whatever goes on between them is their business. I'm not a fan of either of their music, but I am disgusted that this guy keeps getting invited to the Grammy's, people still buy his albums, and random girls like to tell him they adore him via Twitter. Frankly, I'm slightly put-off that I received an email from ELF that says "What's hot? Chris and Rhianna." Why on earth would you claim they were "hot?" As a company that targets primarily teenage girls, isn't it somewhat insidious to claim that an abusive relationship is hot? Aren't there plenty of other couples that are glamorous and appealing?
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itsohkizzy wrote:
9) 2/15/2013 1:41:32 PM
I think you should send her a congratulatory gift basket of concealer and full coverage foundation, for when it happens again, because it will happen again. And it's disingenuous for her to suddenly get pissy and declare their relationship "Nobody's Business" when she's been flaunting it, in a supremely irritating "Whatever! I do what I want! Lookit meeeeeeee!" fashion for rather a long time now. Hell, she used it to sell a single. C'mon now.
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alexes wrote:
10) 2/15/2013 1:55:04 PM
she is trying to give him another chance - we all need second chances - and that is loving and kind. but he is an abuser, and they use love and kindness against the people who give it to them. i hate it when people blame the victim, especially one who has been strong enough to forgive their abuser. they really are trying to do the right thing - it is just that abusers love to hurt them for it. i hope she gets the support she needs, to be able to see him for what he is, and that people only ever blame him. he is the one who is giving hate for love. hope she finds one who gives her love in return for her love.
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Halo_Angel wrote:
11) 2/15/2013 2:18:37 PM
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Coach V wrote:
12) 2/15/2013 2:50:08 PM
Dear ELF, Really bad call about her as "Hot." Hot women don't tolerate men beating them... EVER!
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LoriQ. wrote:
13) 2/15/2013 3:06:27 PM
He will never change. I'm just waiting for the next beating. She should be ashamed of herself to show herself in public with him!
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lania wrote:
14) 2/15/2013 3:10:52 PM
im african american and I dont like chris brown or rhianna. They embarrass the black race especially chris brown for hitting a woman. Rhianna embarrasses the black woman race by staying with a total loser. If I even met these two in life, I would walk away and wouldn't shake their hands.
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kySara wrote:
15) 2/15/2013 2:23:47 PM
I agree with the previous commenter who said she was off-put by the fact that e.l.f. would send an email saying "What's hot? Chris and Rihanna". Are you serious?! He BEAT her! Do you all seriously support an abusive man and the woman who goes back to that and who insults anyone who raises an eyebrow? He should not be invited to the Grammy's or any other show, he should not be selling music like he is (what kind of self respecting women are buying this?) and I can assure you, he is NOT hot! But yeah, go ahead and send her a truckload of concealer...she's going to need it. She is almost as bad as he is now and I have no respect for either one of them. When she confirmed she was back with him and told off anyone who thought twice about it, I was done with her too. She is a role model, whether she likes it or not. If you are going to send emails with this sort of crap, please take me off your mailing list. I love your stuff, but wow...I'm sickened that you would even think that it was okay to send such stupidity out to get attention to your blog.
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Cat514 wrote:
16) 2/15/2013 2:44:10 PM
I dont really think it is our business. I do not condone what Chris Brown did that night BUT I also cannot hold more anger and malice in my heart for him than the actual person that was hit. She has decided to forgive him...thats on her. I cannot judge her for that. Many of us have made decisions that other may have deemed stupid. I can look back into my twenties and say I stayed in relationships that were absolutely no good for me. But at that time-NO ONE could tell me that. As for her being a bad role model-parents-raise your damn kids!! No celebrity is or should be the end all be all model for your kids. If your child likes one of them-direct them to like the music, their fashion...definitely explain the behavior YOU, as a PARENT dont like. It is not their jobs to live to make us happy.
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mebg1956 wrote:
17) 2/15/2013 3:08:25 PM
I think y'all should stay away from this subject. You are a make up company. Chris Brown is a violent abuser, whose lack of emotional and physical control extends to areas of his life beyond relationships with women. We should not glorify or romanticize him as some sort of "bad boy". He is a dangerous criminal, and we should feel sorry for the women who get sucked into his fictions.
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SarahBeara66589 wrote:
18) 2/15/2013 3:55:19 PM
I think that Chris had learned his lesson from the first time and I believe that if anything else happens between the two, Rihanna will put him through hell and bash him through her fan-base that has no problem with bashing anyone who messes with her.
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tsl wrote:
19) 2/15/2013 4:07:25 PM
There is nothing okay with a woman staying with an abuser. Especially seeing as how they are both in the limelight, she is spreading the message to abuse victims everywhere that "people can change" or that they shouldn't try to remove themselves from their situation, which is already a tough enough mentality to deal with without trying to reconcile your emotions with a very public example of abuse.
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Candygirl01 wrote:
20) 2/15/2013 5:29:54 PM
I was surprised to see a link to this article in my email. Rihanna is a stupid, talentless, ghetto skank. Iím tired of seeing headlines of her posting pics of smoking stank weed, getting drunk, sleeping with Chris, and naked body. Itís disgusting, trashy, and pointless. 15 year olds trying to be cool do that. Rihanna is no real woman; she is a little child who obviously canít handle fame and fortune. Iím surprised she still has a career, but when I think about it, the majority of her fan base is 12-21 years of age. As for Chris, Iím disappointed and mad at him because he went about the situation the wrong way. I donít care what anyone thinks when I state thisÖ but he lost it ONE TIME with a female, and that does not make him a woman beater. Woman beaters have patterns and if yíall knew anything about his life after the incident, he dated 3 women, a year each, and never hit any of them. His PR team was unprofessional. He didnít have to apologize to the public and show his vulnerability in several interviews, once Rihanna did that FAKE 20/20 interview, he should have admitted that it was out of character for him, but he is not to be judged, will learn from the mistake, and move on. Now heís going around acting like a thug and looking like a crack head. Why would he get back with someone who was the cause of the decline in his career and someone who makes him hot headed? Both are trash and both of their careers should end, but I have to blame Rihanna more, not because sheís a female, but because she lied. Sheís a fraud like Lance Armstrong! Why would you do a fake 20/20 interview about the incident, then appear on numerous high fashion magazines and talk about it, only to blow up your career? She didnít care about her fans or abuse victims; she just wanted more fame and money. And she won an award for ďsurviving domestic abuse.Ē Not only that, she said F YOU, literally, to people who called her out on getting back with her abuser. She made a joke out of domestic violence. WTF? She had naÔve people supporting her and then turned around and got back with someone who supposedly hurt her so bad. On top of that, she says itís ďnobodyís businessĒ but uses Twitter to post pics of her and Chris and did a Rolling Stone interview about their relationship.
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Aim wrote:
21) 2/15/2013 6:10:07 PM
I couldn't care less if I tried. Honestly, I have a full life and it doesn't include either of these people. Lil Miss Rihanna has stated repeatedly that she isn't a role model and she proves it on a continuous basis. As for Chris...dayum who knows about this kid. So instead of everyone having their eyes and ears up the asses of celebrities, maybe we should all spend some serious time with our own families. Role models begin in the home. You want your kids to know right from wrong and be decent people? Stop worrying about all the celebrity crap and do your job at home. Who cares what these fools are doing or not doing for that matter. They are entertainers, not educators. I'm so over it!!!!
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Kierra wrote:
22) 2/15/2013 7:09:56 PM
My thing is he did something once and since then has never done it again so why the bitter feelings towards him. If he did it again then I would understand for ya'll to talk but he hasn't so your comments are stupid and why judge him when if someone judged you you'll be the first one to start going off on people etc. No one can judge him but God. I don't care if they are together or not. If they weren't famous you wouldn't even care. He is trying to do better but it's people like ya'll who make it hard for him. It could be 10 years from now and he hasn't didn't any domestic violence but yet ya'll would probably say he still is a beater.
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Jay87 wrote:
23) 2/15/2013 11:06:55 PM
Personally I do not agree that they should be dating. No man or woman deserves to be abused but it is her mistake to make. They live in the spotlight and they have to deal with all that comes along with it, so when people make judgements about their relationship they just have to get over it.
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GAGirl wrote:
24) 2/16/2013 2:25:22 PM
That's their business! I still don't think we really know what happened and how it started, but either let them have it. Maybe they've both matured since then.
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SisterMaryBling wrote:
25) 2/16/2013 3:54:26 PM
I believe they are young and when young sometime immature at best. I say if Chris wants to change he will and she will be supportive. And Rihanna has to make changes too for this couple to be successful in love and on a professional level. As the Lord says this life is not easy, but he is with us through it. It is CHOICE we live by....and my prayers are they both make positive choices...I think both are extremely talented and need to stay grounded and let not this world pull on them...God Bless both of them.
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Dee Jay wrote:
26) 2/16/2013 5:54:55 PM
Rihanna's nothing but a tramp and she asked for and provoked Chris to kick her ass. She deserved it. Further more, she needs to go back to Bardados with her trampy ways and leave that boy alone!
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ebzmonet wrote:
27) 2/17/2013 9:34:27 AM
I say why are we still talking about this as if they're the first ever to be in this situation, celebrity or not. Yes, it is unfortunate it happened, but if she has forgiven him and wants to take that chance that's on her. People who want to talk about them being bad role models to their children, I think that's hilarious that you let some celebrity raise your kids. It's your job to instill the knowledge of right and wrong, be a great example and an inspiration to your kids. When I was growing up there was britney spears, backstreet boys, nsync, and christina aguilera, I loved all of them and as we've seen through the years, each have had their share of issues. I never saw them as people to look up to, I just enjoyed their music and mimicing their dance moves, their performance and lifestyle are two different things. Chris Brown and Rihanna are great performers and that's all they should be seen as to your children, performers.
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elfacb3748 wrote:
28) 2/18/2013 6:18:07 PM
Personally, I love ELF cosmetics, but that is all that this website should offer is COSMETICS. Not some pathetic blog about celebrities and their personal lives. Excuse me, but none of any of us really and truly knows what goes on in their lives, and many of these commenters are just as pathetic as you say Rihanna and Chris's relationship is. Saying things like "Rihanna deserves what is coming to her" and "an elf basket should be sent to her so that she can cover her bruises, etc" You people are the ones who are pathetic...NOT Rihanna and Chris Brown. Get a life....YOUR OWN, and deal with your own problems. It isn't our business what people choose to do with their lives. We are all human, never forget that.
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