Rihanna ignores Jessica Simpson’s letter offering support after abuse

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If you believe the National Enquirer, Jessica Simpson is upset because a letter of encouragement she sent to Rihanna after the Chris Brown attack went unanswered. Simpson has said that she was in an abusive relationship in the past but has not disclosed the nature of the abuse or named the person who hurt her. Her song “Remember That” is about surviving abuse.

[Jessica Simpson] announced during a concert that any woman being abused should “take your heart and run,” then sent a note to Rihanna with advice, according to insiders>

“But Rihanna ignored Jessica’s letter,” an insider told The Enquirer.

“Actually, she was kind of shocked that Jessica had the nerve to try to get involved in her very personal problems…

Prior to Jessica reaching out to Rihanna, the pair were acquaintances but not friends.

“Jessica doesn’t have a mean bone in her body and she definitely had good intentions, but her appeal to Rihanna was misguided and a little tacky,” said the source.

“Jess is acting like an expert on domestic violence, and it’s strange that she’d write a letter to a woman she barely knows, offering advice and a sympathetic ear. Jess took a gamble and now she’s hurt because Rihanna didn’t bother to acknowledge the correspondence.”

[From The National Enquirer, print edition, April 6, 2009]

If this is true, you wouldn’t really expect Rihanna to run out and call Simpson back or anything. She went back to Brown and thought she could handle it her own way. It seems unknown if these two are still together, and there are promising signs that Rihanna has walked away from Chris. She’s been seen out alone on the town several times and recently got a small gun tattoo on her lower right rib, which could have been a sign that she’s ready to defend herself against predators like Chris who can turn on you at a moments notice.

You can imagine Simpson doing this with only good intentions. When even Rihanna’s friends and family can’t get through to her, some person she barely knows isn’t going to be successful at it either. That’s the insidious nature of this type of abuse, it’s not something other people can convince you of until you’re ready to acknowledge it yourself. Either way, I don’t blame Rihanna for not knowing which way to turn and just feel sorry for her.

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  1. ash says:

    That’s nice and all, but Jessica should focus on remembering her lyrics over concerning her self with Rihanna.

  2. Hieronymus Grex says:

    WTH would Jessica know about being an abused woman, unless Papa Joe Simpson has some skeletons that haven’t seen the light of day yet?

  3. lynxie says:

    Since Jess meant well, maybe Rih should have sent her a polite yet firm thanks but no thanks thank you note.

  4. Susan says:

    They come from two VERY different worlds. And, it most likely came off as pretty thoughtless of JS to give advice to her in that area — imho.

  5. guest says:

    jessica obviously has absolutely no shame & it’s really embarrassing that she places herself in the same category as a battered woman when she’s lived such a sheltered & indulged life.

  6. mel says:

    I heard Rih and CB are laying low but are still very much together. As far as JS, she’s reaching out as did Jay-Z and Kanye, so we cant be judgemental of her.

  7. Wonder Woman says:


    Now that it’s raining more then ever
    Know that we’ll still have each other
    You can stand under my armpit Baretta…etta etta..aye aye aye
    You can stand under my armpit Baretta..etta etta aye aye aye aye aye aye

  8. Wonder Woman says:


    I guess the gun is to scare away Chris Brown? Who knows? Hopefully, it doesn’t backfire and give him any ideas. “Oh, yeah.. a gun! Ha ha, why didn’t I think of that? Be right back!”

  9. sauvage says:

    I actually think that’s a really good thing to do from Ms. Simpson. She just shouldn’t be saddened by a non-response because – hey, Rihanna went back to her abuser, she’s not ready yet for good advice. But I think writing that letter is a really nice thing to do.

  10. neelyo says:

    I have a hard time believing Jessica Simpson can read a letter, let alone write one.

  11. irl says:

    I don’t believe JS sent any letter to Rhi. Papa Joe probably paid the Enquirer to do the story.

  12. boomchakaboom says:

    I agree with sauvage. J.Simp was merely offerring support, like thousands of total strangers have done. There was no reason to be rude to J. Simp. That was rude in and of itself. Rihanna could maybe learn some freakin’ manners if she refuses to learn anything else out of this. Oh, and a gun tattoo? How stupid.

  13. boomchakaboom says:

    *offering* Hell. Does it have two “r’s” or not?

  14. Noname says:

    If somebody you don’t know, sends you an unasked for and unwanted letter because of a traumatic experience you have had, do you HAVE TO reply? I think not.

  15. Catty says:

    She may not know Jessica well, she may not want her advice, but that’s still no excuse to be rude.

  16. boomchakaboom says:

    @Noname: No, you don’t HAVE to reply, any more than you have to acknowledge a gift or congratulatory note someone sends you for graduation, a birthday, or whatever. If you want to demonstrate a snotty attitude, don’t reply. It was rude of Rihanna, and that’s a fact, jack.

  17. bree says:

    oh for fuck’s sake, getting a tattoo of a gun isn’t a signal that she’s ready to defend herself. going to a gun store and buying a damn gun and then getting photographed practicing at a shooting range would say something. stupid tattoos are just stupid tattoos.

  18. sarcra says:

    Jessica has stated that she experienced some form of abuse and has a song on her album about it.

    Just because we don’t know who the guy was and it wasn’t publicized or talked about doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Even if it was emotional abuse and not physical, that doesn’t mean it’s less important. To assume she didn’t have a “real” experience with abuse or that she doesn’t know anything about it because of what you THINK you know about her life is just insensitive.

    All that said, I don’t trust the National Enquirer. I will take this story with a grain of salt.

  19. lila says:

    mel- rihanna knows kanye and jay z they are her friends it makes sense for them to reach out to her as what friends who care should do, jessica may have meant well but honestly its not her place she needs to respect rihanna and her privacy and let her figure out her life in her time she cant possibly know what she is going thru, i dont see how jessica could give advice i dont recall ever hearing or seeing jessica get beat to a pulp…and name calling in high school jess doesnt count because girls are jealous that all the boys like you is not the same as domestic abuse..in that case the whole world was abused then because we all got picked on in school at some point its part of growing up. for those who dont know, thats what her abuse claim was about…stupid right?.
    rihanna doesnt even know her on a personal level they are not friends i dont blame rihanna for not wanting to respond to jessica its a bit intrusive and a sensitive issue for rihanna, shes probably annoyed that she would have the nerve to put her 2 sense in. what advice can jess give when she cant even handle her own relationships at times…jessica buttface your way out and stop trying to get your name in the tabloids as usual…stick to your fashion because obviously someone needs to give her advice on how to sing/act and be successfull…what a meddling disprespectful beyotch

  20. boomchakaboom says:

    Why don’t we all just stop commenting on the Rihanna/CB smackdown, since we aren’t personal friends of hers anyway. Why should any of us offer up any form of sympathy, empathy, or sharing of painful personal stories? She didn’t ask for public support, so why bother? To hell with both of them, in my opinion.

  21. Blah Girls says:

    Wow how embarrassing to be ignored by Rihanna!

  22. andy says:

    Yeah Jessica should definately focus on her own stuff. She looked great in the boots were made for walking video though there’s no doubt about that!

  23. LadyBoss says:

    I don’t see the problem with Jessica reaching out to a HUMAN BEING who obviously is going through a tough time. Sometimes it’s the words that come from strangers what resonate better than hearing support from the same old “cheerleaders”.

    Rihanna’s business was out there for everyone to judge. Where is the outrage towards Rihanna’s camp who knew she was getting smacked around before the knockout?

    More proof of the ways women will never be treated as equals because we don’t even treat eachother with kindness. Since when is showing compassion tacky?

    All the snark and sarcasm is counterproductive. GROW UP.

  24. Sasha says:

    Rihanna probably felt that the letter was not meant for her since Jessica dosent know the situation and Rihanna does not believe she was in an abusive relationship. she’s the aggressive one remember? LOL

  25. simplygreen says:

    The gun tattoo is symbolic. Basically, she is telling everyone that she doesn’t care what they think, and leave her alone because she is capable of taking care of herself. The only advice for people that are not in her circle can tell her is to seek professional help and not all the ranting and ravings of their STUFF.

  26. jasmine says:

    i think its rihanna’s business and she doesnt need to acknowledge jessica if she doesnt want to,theres is nothing wrong with that,that is strictly her business. being the victim she probably wants to cry on the shoulders of her family and those that care about her in the privacy of her home, its difficult to trust a stranger, although its a nice gesture,from jessica i think jessica should just let it be and not involve herself with rihanna she probably has enough people that are probably overwhelming her as it is. jessica should understand that loud and clear since if it is true that she was a victim herself at one point like she claims…then she can relate to how that feels when your privacy is being invaded, she needs to respect the healing process that rihanna is going thru.but in all fairness to jessica i thionk that was a nice thing to do but perhaps rihanna isnt ready to talk about it with people she is not close to.

  27. superficialJessica says:

    jessica needs to get over herself if she didnt respond shes not ready and wants to be left alone…grow up jessica and stop acting like you are dr. phil!….she has no right to be hurt, they aren’t even friends…nosy bitch

  28. Mairead says:

    Good God, not too many Voices of Pro-Wumminhood on this story.

    If it’s true Jessica Simpson was just trying to be nice and supportive to an acquaintance (according to the story). And Rhianna has presumably had a deluge of letters from complete strangers, half of them with their own tales of woe. I don’t see why she should single out JS’s letter for contempt over the rest.

    many people have been in relationships which have had an element of abuse to it, sometimes it’s only when you get to hell out that you realise how bad it was for you – even if it thankfully never got to the stage of being alienated from friends and family, being made feel worthless or beaten black and blue. You people’s dislike of Jessica Simpson doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen.

  29. lurinzey says:

    it was nice of jessica to reach out to rihanna but clearly she doesnt want it. apparently she went back to the abuser ????she may have left him who knows???? jessica was just trying to help someone in need she has a heart and just offered her support i think that was very nice of her and i must admit i dont even like jessica but i can understand her kindness. a lot of you are very mean here…

  30. Jay says:

    Jessica can’t even spell her name much less run someone elses business and if you want to help someone you don’t make it a billboard

  31. Zoe (The Other One) says:

    Dear Rhianna,

    We both sing other people’s songs for a living so let’s share our darkest and most private moments with each other.

    You tell me about you boyfriend beating seven shades of shit out of you and then we can talk about how everyone thought I looked fat in some jeans.

    All my love,

    PS does my bum look big in this?

  32. Aspen says:

    LadyBoss, I couldn’t have expressed my own thoughts better than you did. Exactly.

  33. LUCI LIU says:


  34. Tina says:

    Wow, so Jessicka was jealous that Rihanna’s real abuse took attention away from her fake abuse and tried to muscle in on the story. I thought the Simpsons had hit a low when Jessica told an audience that if they were abused they should “walk away in a pair of Jessica Simpson boots.” I was wrong, this is even worse.

  35. Lyn Ruiz says:

    agree with sauvage. J.Simp was merely offerring support, like thousands of total strangers have done. There was no reason to be rude to J. Simp. That was rude in and of itself. Rihanna could maybe learn some freakin’ manners if she refuses to learn anything else out of this. Oh, and a gun tattoo? How stupid.

    I totally agree. There is nothing wrong with Jess sending kind words of support.

    I think Rihanna is borderline ghetto anyways. She’s pretty but she isn’t the most educated or classiest chick around either. People like that don’t have common etiquette skills.

  36. Wiggz says:

    It’s not fair for anyone to judge Jessica on whether or not she was abused. Just because it wasn’t public does not mean it didn’t happen her life my not have been as peachy as we are all lead to believe so cut her some slack. I agree that Rihanna’s situation is none of Jessica’s business but don’t just her for something that you don’t know for sure happened or not, how would you feel if you said you were in an abusive relationship once and everyone believed you were lying??

  37. eveline says:

    perhaps jessica and rihanna can exchange advice…jess can give her advice with abuse (as if the beyotch knows how to give advice) and rihanna can give advice to jess on how she can have a successfull career her career is alot better then jessica’s….jessica is so stupid why would rihanna want this attention whores advice jessica needs to try to mind her own business and stop seeking attention…her career has failed the tabloids and the media are the ones who keep her alive.

  38. Cas says:

    Sorry of rmy bad egnlish, but first of all: jessica is not stupid,, she writes her own music mostly, so shut up about that. And why is it so wrong to write a kind letter to someone who’s in trouble?? If this was all about getting attention from the media, she’s probably go on tv and screaming: ”HEY RIHANNA NEED HELP?? CALL MEE”, instead of writing a letter. Jessica is not a stupid bitch like all those other celebs (like paris), she’s actually a very nice person, something i can’t say about rihanna atm. She could at least write something back like: ”Thanks for your letter, but i don’t need help”, instead of being SHOCKED by a letter from a letter from someone who tries to be nice, my god..