News: Chris Brown & Rihanna "Love in Trouble" Special Airs, "They Were Like Beyonce & Jay-Z"
Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009 8:33AM
MTV's "Chris Brown and Rihanna: Love in Trouble" special aired Monday (February 16) night featuring a variety of music industry analysts and fans discussing what will become of the couple's future.
The 30-minute program aired post-reaction interviews from renowned writers.
"They were like Beyonce and Jay-Z for the junior set," Us Weekly's Ian Drew explained, capturing the image of the two singers that most previously held. The Fader magazine's Julianne Shepherd said "It must be incredibly humiliating, that kind of experience...So it might take her a while to get back in the public eye. Especially to have your domestic problems out there on this level." The Associated Press' Alicia Quarles said the pair were once "music's new royalty," but Brown will have a tougher time overcoming the incident because the alleged victim is a celebrity in her own right. (MTV News)
Rihanna's father, Ronald Fenty, recently shared his thoughts on the situation.
"I know my daughter," said Fenty, 55. As for Brown, he said, "You think you know somebody, but you really don't." Describing Rihanna's current condition after seeing her on Thursday, Fenty said, "There is some bruising. She will be all right. I think so..."At some point, she will speak out. I hope she will stand up for women all over the world." (People)
Rap star T.I. has also weighed in his thoughts by retracting an earlier statement he made supporting Brown.
"After careful consideration I realized I made the mistake of commenting before understanding the situation," he wrote in a statement. "I myself am no stranger to media scrutiny. My only intention was to support bothRihanna and Chris during these times." (Examiner)
Brown released a statement last Sunday (February 15) discussing the incident.
"Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired. I am seeking the counseling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones and I am committed, with God's help, to emerging a better person. Much of what has been speculated or reported on blogsand/or reported in the media is wrong. While I would like to be able to talk about this more, until the legal issues are resolved, this is all I can say except that I have not written any messages or made any posts to Facebook, on blogs or any place else. Those posts or writing under my name are frauds." (TMZ)