Chris Brown and Rihanna tell fans to stop talking about 2009 attack

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 12:  Singers Rihanna and Chris Brown perform on stage during Z100's Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2008 in New York City.  (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
Chris Brown and Rihanna both told fans on Twitter over the weekend to stop talking about the February, 2009 incident in which Brown brutally beat Rihanna and fled the scene. It looks like they didn’t directly tweet each other, and they don’t follow each other on Twitter. Chris indirectly responded to Rihanna through their fan groups. They both made tweets about the same subject on Sunday.

greenangeleyez1 wrote:
@rihanna I luv u bt it’s time u stopped talking about the situation with chris in interviews.How r people gonna move on?
28 Nov

rihanna replied:
@greenangeleyez1 AGREED! People won’t stop askin abt it! Its f***in annoying! Nobody wants to relive that, but some ppl can’t respect that!
28 Nov

greenangeleyez1 replied:
@rihanna I hear that sweety…wen u forgive, the world will forgive and u will c people move on…U cn raise awareness in a different way xx
28 Nov

rihanna replied:
@greenangeleyez1 I get it, they wanna raise awareness to young girls! But it ends up just makin me look bitter, pitiful, spiteful and angry!
28 Nov

Then Chris wrote to Rihanna and Chris Brown fan groups “TeamBreezy” and “Rihanna Navy” that they needed to “move on”
chrisbrown said:
Y’all starting to sound extremely childish! #teambreezy and #rihannanavy It’s pointless. Love team breezy & thank you rihannanavy for supporting ya girl. [via OK!]

Rihanna is tweeting about a recent interview with British GQ in which she spoke at length about her relationship with Chris:

“I left – it was the best feeling. It was so freeing. I witnessed it [domestic violence] happening to my mum and I said I would never let that happen to me – and then it was happening.

“Now, when I look back, it bugs me out that I couldn’t see it for what it was. Before that, I was just a little girl from the island, singing pop music. It was easy to think I didn’t have a problem in the world. Then all of a sudden, boom! Everybody realises that I do have problems. It made me strong. It’s a moment in my life I wish would disappear. In my head, it’s gone. I have too much pride, I’d never let anyone see me cry. I don’t want you to remember me for that.”

[British GQ via Ghettofabu]

Here’s the thing. If Rihanna doesn’t want to talk about it, and doesn’t want to be portrayed that way, why doesn’t she just pass on those questions? It’s not like she gave some vague non-committal answer, she gave a longer quotable response and it’s going to get repeated. Maybe if she says “I’m trying to move on and focus on my future” then we’ll get that impression too. I like how thoughtful and introspective she sounds, though. I don’t think she should regret saying that at all. She went through that experience and she should own her response to those questions.

British GQ images via Ghettofabu

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 12:  Singers Rihanna and Chris Brown perform on stage during Z100's Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2008 in New York City.  (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

Singer Rihanna arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010. UPI/Jim Ruymen Photo via Newscom




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  1. krissy_kitty says:

    I really wish she would do something with her hair… Ronald McDonald Red is not cute…

  2. georgiagrl says:

    Don’t mind her hair at all, she’s a performer. What I mind is how SHE can bring up the attack at will for new album publicity, but everyone else must shut up??? Come on! No one cares or is talking about it, but them!

  3. jen says:

    But it’s the only reason I know who they are.

  4. Siren6 says:

    I don’t see anyone else talking about it but them. I think if they truly wanted to squelch the questions in interviews and twitter they could politely prompt for the next question.

  5. caramia says:

    I thought it was all in the past like their careers

  6. CandyKay says:

    If they really wanted the questions to stop, they could make that a condition of accepting the interview. Supposedly anyone interviewing Paul McCartney gets the message in advance that if Heather Mills’ name is mentioned, the interview is over.

  7. mln says:

    They are both really young. I don’t think Rhianna gets that she has the power to not answer the question. She needs to sit down with her publicist.

  8. wonderful says:

    Please – her career has never been brighter since that happened. Once people stop talking about it, she will slowly fade away – her ego has prevented her from seeing that. Not to mention – if I knew I was greatly helping girls by spreading awareness of domestic abuse, yet I looked “bitter, pitiful, spiteful and angry” in the process, i would say FAIR TRADE. What a selfish, stupid b*tch.

  9. Mika says:

    Excuse me Chris Brown? “Y’all starting to sound extremely childish”???

    What exactly has Chris Brown done to earn anyone’s forgiveness? Besides half heartedly performing a very lenient community service sentence?? I don’t see him sitting down with women’s groups to learn about domestic violence, I don’t see him admitting that he had a serious problem that goes beyond “one bad night” in fact, I don’t ever remember him apologising to anyone, ever. I remember him getting pap-ed on his jetskiis with a new bitch just weeks after the attack. I remember him bitching out Usher for ever daring to suggest that Chris Brown has anything to be sorry for, and I remember him telling everyone to shut up and move on before he even stepped into court. Sit the F DOWN, you thoughtless, useless, heartless woman-beater!

  10. jover says:

    In what universe is this talentless bimbo a style or pop icon? Didn’t she cancel tour dates this fall because of lack of ticket sales (everyone knows she’s terrible live.) THere is a total disconnect between the 20 or 30 lame marginally talented celebs – including Riri – the media keeps pushing on the public, and what the public is interested in or considers popular. Because Riri can’t sell a real concert tour on her own, her existence is largely the result of her lame appearances on all these contrived “award” shows; I also have to wonder if payola and payoffs by the pr/management teams of celebs like Riri to various media outlets are occurring because it isn’t their talent that is keeping them in the limelight.

  11. Missy says:

    well said Jover

    She has become the most annoying poptart out there. I dont get why she gets all the hype she does considering her music is all thanks to auto-tune. No talent or vocal abilities to back up the hype.

  12. RHONYC says:

    she was selling some badass image, and turns out she’s a chump.

    people don’t get it, still.

    i mean like, even ELIN WOODS is harder than dummyanna (bruises don’t lie). what a joke!

    i betcha what…that sh*t would’nt have gone down that way with a real badass like PINK.

    dude would’ve been in the ICU 4 sure. 🙂

  13. mln says:

    Uhm I have to disagree that her career was bigger before this incident. “Umbrella” was huge. I am pretty sure her record sales are lower now because the R & B (wrongly in my opinion) sided with CB and stopped by her records. She is now more well known but less successful as a recording artist.

  14. The_Porscha says:

    @mln: She does understand. Her publicist has made it clear. I have a friend that works for a large, nationally-oriented radio broadcasting company, and they were given an explicit and specific list of things they could not bring up (including some questions about the family she left back on Barbados, supposedly high and dry). “Chris Brown” or “February 2009” weren’t on it. They know what they’re doing.

  15. Jeri says:

    I think she has handled it well, especially for being so young.

  16. Bitter fruit says:

    One hit wonder milking this crap for all it’s worth.

  17. KJ says:

    If she had said “I’m just trying to move on, focus on my future,” I would BET MONEY that this post would be entitled something like “Rihanna abandons domestic violence support. WHO WILL THINK OF THE CHILDREN?!”

    Sometimes these celebs can’t win. If they talk openly and candidly, they’re being too forward. If she clams up, she’s protecting him and is spitting on her “platform” as a voice for young women. She could pass on those questions but I can guarantee if she did, this site along with most internet media outlets would be boo-hooing that she’s not representing victims of violence well. Leave the girl alone. She’ll talk about it when she wants to, and if that’s not in line with what the mags or interviewers want to talk about, who cares? It’s her life. She’s obviously better now and living the dream. Leave her alone.

  18. cutesygoose says:

    @caramia and Bitter Fruit:

    “Rihanna has sold more than 15 million albums and 45 million singles worldwide. She has achieved nine number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 since first appearing on the chart on June 11, 2005, which is the most by any artist during that time span.” [Wikipedia]

    Seriously, I’m no Rihanna fan but it’s obvious the two of you simply have nothing better to do than bash someone when you have absolutely no concept of the facts. Her career is in the past? One hit wonder? Sheesh, you two are dense.

  19. abby says:

    I wonder if both Rihanna and Chris Brown would still be in the news like they are if the incident never happened. They might have just faded away.