Do you believe a leopard can change its spots? If not, well, too bad. Because Rihanna does.
The foul-mouthed, rebellious Barbadian-born pop star is finally speaking out in detail and without excuses about her decision to reunite with her convicted abuser Chris Brown in her cover story for the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine.
While she still resents people’s judgement of their relationship, she argues that even if getting back with Chris is a mistake, it’s a mistake she is entitled to make.
“I decided it was more important for me to be happy,” Rihanna says in the new issue of Rolling Stone, out Friday, February 1. “I wasn’t going to let anybody’s opinion get in the way of that. Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake. After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I’d rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it.”
Girl, if you say so. After all, it’s your face on the line.
But somehow, for some reason, Rihanna believes that things will be really, truly, different this time.
“He doesn’t have the luxury of fucking up again,” she says. “That’s just not an option. I can’t say that nothing else will ever go wrong. But I’m pretty solid in the knowing that he’s disgusted by that. And I wouldn’t have gone this far if I ever thought that was a possibility.”
Rihanna added, “He made a mistake, and he’s paid his dues … He’s paid so much. And I know that’s not a place he would ever want to go back to. And sometimes people need support and encouragement, instead of ridicule and criticism and bashing.”
Yeah. This is pretty much textbook garbage from the domestic-abuse-victim-with-low-self-esteem playbook.
Either Rihanna believes she doesn’t deserve better than Chris, or she somehow believes she can will Chris Brown into good behavior. She can look at Whitney Houston’s failed marriage to Bobby Brown to see how trying to tame a bad boy turns out.