Does wisdom come with age?
On her 24th birthday, Rihanna debuted her new version of the track “Birthday Cake” off her album Talk That Talk that featured none other than controversial artist, her ex Chris Brown. The single’s release has shocked fans around the world, seeing as in 2009, Chris brutally assaulted Rihanna the night before the Grammy Awards and was sentenced to serve five years of probation and six months of community service.
It has left many with one looming question: How will this affect RiRi (a public figure and role model to women) and her music career?
Music editor and expert Becky Bain of Celebuzz’s sister site Idolator weighs in:
“If Rihanna is so insistent on collaborating with the man who assaulted her, why doesn’t she tell us why?’” Becky asks. “She could release a long statement explaining her reasoning, or even just a few mature thoughts defending her decision so we’d be able to understand her side. Instead, all we have seen is a bunch of tweets from both of them defending this disturbing choice.”
Becky adds, “She acts like she doesn’t care what we think – but she should, because we’re her fans, and we’re terribly confused and insulted by her behavior and her lack of respect for the people who look up to her.”
Celebuzz also reached out to ABC’s Good Morning America correspondent Robin Roberts who famously interviewed both Rihanna and Chris after the incident took place, but she has no comment at this time on the pair’s music reunion.
What do you think of Rihanna’s decision to collaborate with Chris? Does she owe her fans an explanation? Sound off in the comments.