Despite having been beaten by him, international pop star Rihanna described Chris Brown as the love of her life in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
This week, Chris Brown revealed a proud new tattoo on his neck featuring what many have interpreted as the face of a battered woman curiously resembling Rihanna.
Chris Brown and Rihanna’s love affairs have caused much debate and reflection as she seems to have moved on from her abuse and has accepted him back in her life while her fans and onlookers vent their outrage at his behaviour on her behalf. How curious. There are many journalists that have also pointed out that Chris Brown’s celebrity status and success has grown since his attack on Rihanna implying cultural acceptance and indeed encouragement of bad boy behaviour.
Do abusers ever repent and rehalibilitate or are we collectively cringing as Rihanna, like many women, believes that she can change Chris and that he won’t hit her again? An article on this story in The Guardian pointed out that Rihanna is herself the victim of an abusive father but that she didn’t want to be labelled as a victim of abuse.
Do cycles remain unbroken?