Oprah Winfrey is dedicating her show to dating abuse in response to the Rihanna-Chris Brown altercation.
We reported yesterday the suspicion that Rihanna and Chris Brown might have possibly-maybe-sorta gotten married this past weekend during their reunion at Diddy’s Star Island mansion in Miami. Now, some other media outlets (including us) are asking about another suspicious item and what seems to be obvious question: how did the paparazzi learn of the secluded reunion? Star Island is a gated community in Miami that is well sought-after for its security and privacy, counting Jennifer Lopez and Gloria Estefan among its residents for this reason. Well, according to a source, Chris Brown tipped them off the paps in a media strategy to get coverage of their reunion. The source states, "Chris tipped off the photographers. He needs it to be out there that he and Rihanna are back together.
Weeks after Rihanna and Chris Brown's names became (potentially forever) linked to domestic violence, the couple has apparently rekindled their romance, according to People.com. An unnamed source told the site that the efforts to reconnect have been "mutual" and that the young pair "care for each other." Feelings aside, the world will watch in wonderment as Rihanna takes back a man who allegedly beat her on the night of February 8. Brown was arrested for making criminal threats, but charges have not been pressed.
Rihanna and Chris Brown are young (Chris is 19). Sure, they're celebrities who have faced the pressure of the public eye, and they've done serious work at an age when many people are skipping class because they did too many kegstands. But no matter what adult situations they've successfully navigated the fact remains that they are not grown-ups. They need guidance and support. Which brings us to Bonnie Fuller's essay on Huffington Post.
Rihanna does not like the statement of apology that Chris Brown has issued in the aftermath of his alleged assault on her. Friends say that she is "royally pissed off" by Brown's "cavalier and arrogant statement" and that "he should have expressed more contrition."
So I want to open up this conversation to what you think about violence and relationships. I know some of you have been in violent relationships. What was that like and did you get out? Did you try and work on it? Do you know people in violent relationships? What would happen if your SO hit you?