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1Rihanna Does Marie Claire, Discusses the Vast Differences Between Chris Brown and Matt Kemp

photo of rihanna on the cover of marie claire december 2010 discussing chris brown and abuse pictures

Rihanna, all red-haired and tattooed and much different after being the object of abuse by former boyfriend Chris Brown, has settled on down with her athlete boyfriend, Matt Kemp, and dishes on all sorts of stuff for the December issue of Marie Claire magazine, and claims that she’s so much happier now than she’s been in the past.

On rationalizing the whole abuse thing with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown:

“God has a crazy way of working, and sometimes when stuff happens you feel like, ‘What did I do to deserve this?’ Why was it backfiring on me? I was very lost. I have to say I felt really confused. I hate talking about it but it was really crazy because I felt so out of touch with myself and when that happens.’”

On losing herself and healing after the Brown incident:

“It’s scary because nothing you say or do feels like it’s you … [Rihanna says through tears.] You just lose touch of everything that you love and everything that you would normally do; how you would dress or how you would say something.”

On her current happiness with her new life and her boyfriend, baller Matt Kemp:

“I feel like I smile for real this time. The smiles come from inside, and it exudes in everything I do. People feel my energy is different. When I smile they can tell that it’s pure bliss and not just a cover up.”

I’m glad that Rihanna, clearly a super-talented performer and strong woman through and through, can be such an example of a life starting over and reinventing itself, because hell … we all have to once in awhile, don’t we?

October 27, 2010 at 9:00 am by Sarah
Filed Under: Rihanna

8Caption This: Katy Perry’s Bachelorette Party

A photo of Katy Perry and Rihanna

What’s really happening:  Rihanna took Katy Perry to a Cirque Du Soleil show in Las Vegas. This was just one of a handful of bachelorette activities the two got into last night:  they also hung out by a pool and had some drinks, went to a nightclub and had drinks, then went to a strip club and had drinks.  Sounds like a great night.

What could be happening:  Anything.  This picture, as well as the ones that follow, are so fantastical.  I don’t mean to be all Kindergarten Teacher on you all, but your imagination can take you anywhere.  You could write the next Avatar here, you really could (but keep in mind that if you do that, the film should be about an hour shorter and the plot shouldn’t be so redundant).

If you’re finding your inspiration limited, just check out the rest of the pictures below!

September 19, 2010 at 9:55 am by Emily
Filed Under: Katy Perry, Rihanna

2Kanye West Admits That Rihanna Makes Him Cry

Kanye performed with some of his friends at a celebrity-packed private show last night, but the highlight of the evening wasn’t the performance of his new single “Mama’s Boyfriend” (although the song’s pretty freakin’ great.) No, the best thing about Kanye’s performance from last night his cover of Rihanna’s chorus “Run This Town”, which lead into a story about how when he saw Rihanna perform earlier in the evening.

In the video above, Kanye says he was so moved by watching someone who he considered to be his baby sister performing a flawless stage show with full production in Madison Square Garden that it actually made him a little weepy. And you know how hilarious it is when Kanye talks about his emotions. It’s like watching a robot that’s been trained to feel in a therapy session.

August 13, 2010 at 10:51 am by Molls
Filed Under: Kanye West, Rihanna

15Check Out Rihanna’s Newest Tattoo!

Rihanna’s latest tattoo reads “rebelle fleur,” which translates to “rebel flower,” just in case you couldn’t piece that together. Cute, right?  I could see how Rihanna could be considered a rebel flower. The problem is, however, that the wording isn’t exactly correct:

The music superstar’s newest ink reads “rebelle fleur,” but someone forgot to tell the ‘Rude Boy’ singer that in French, adjectives typically follow the nouns they modify. To translate as “rebel flower,” which we assume is what she intended, that tattoo should read “fleur rebelle.”

I never took French – instead I opted to take Spanish with the eccentric woman from Panama who did not have her issues under control and didn’t so much teach us Spanish as she did tell us about how the government killed her family – but I’m going to trust the Internet on this one.  I’m not going to hate on Rihanna though.  As far as questionable tattoos go, it could be a lot worse.

August 12, 2010 at 11:18 am by Emily
Filed Under: Rihanna

13Love It or Leave It: Rihanna’s Bright Red Hair

Just like it takes a certain kind of face to pull of a pixie cut, it also takes a certain kind of woman to pull off red hair. While Rihanna is clearly bold enough to rock red hair and lips at the same time, do you think this look is working for her?

To me, Rihanna’s constant style switch ups are reminiscent of a teenage girl’s willingness to experiment with her look and stand out. Personally, I find it endearing, but at a certain point you gotta ask why we never see the same Rihanna twice.

What do you think of this look? Is it working for RiRi or should she go back to her darker roots?

August 11, 2010 at 12:30 pm by Molls
Filed Under: Rihanna

31Let’s Talk About Eminem’s New Music Video

The music video for “Love the Way You Lie,” Eminem’s song with Rihanna that you’ve probably heard a couple dozen times if you listen to the radio, was released last night, and it’s already got a lot of people up in arms.  The video, which features a relationship between Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan, plus Rihanna singing in front of a burning house and Eminem rapping out in a field, tells the story of your average incredibly toxic abusive relationship:  Megan and Dominic take turns being violent, then they make out, then the cycle repeats.

The worry seems to be that the video will make domestic violence seem sexy, what with Megan Fox being involved and all the intense kisses that happen.  Personally, I don’t get that from the video.  No matter how sexy a kiss is, if it comes after a dude punches a hole in the wall right next to your head, it’s probably not the best plan.  Likewise, no matter how attracted you are to your significant other, if things are so abusive, it’s not going to work out well for anyone, and I think the video makes that extremely clear (spoiler alert:  everyone but Rihanna ends up on fire).

Another worry is Rihanna’s role in the video and the idea that her own history with domestic violence is being exploited. Rihanna disagrees:

“It’s something that, you know, [Eminem and I have] both experienced, you know, on different sides, different ends of the table. It just was authentic. It was real. It was believable for us to do a record like that, but it was also something that needed to be done, and the way he did it was so clever. He pretty much just broke down the cycle of domestic violence, and it’s something that a lot of people don’t have a lot of insight on, so this song is a really, really powerful song, and it touches a lot of people.”

So what do you guys think?  Do you have a problem with the video and the message it sends or do you think it’s powerful (not caring is an option too)?

August 6, 2010 at 1:24 pm by Emily