News: Rihanna Reveals Connection W/ Eminem On Abuse-Themed Song, "It's Something We've Both Experienced"
Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 11:10AM
Grammy-winning singer Rihanna has revealed her motivation for hooking up with Eminem for "Love the Way You Lie" and explains how her relationship experience informed her decision.
Rihanna said she connected with the song's underlying themes.
"It's something that, you know, we've both experienced, you know, on different sides, different ends of the table," Rihanna explained about her reason for taking part in the song. "He pretty much just broke down the cycle of domestic violence and it's something that people don't have a lot of insight on. I knew if he sent me a record there must be something to it. It couldn't just be, 'Oh, Duh! She was in that relationship so we have to get her. The lyrics were so deep, so beautiful and intense. It's something that I understood, something I connected with." (Access Hollywood)
The song's producer, Alex da Kid, recently hit up SOHH to speak on Eminem's interest on snagging Rihanna for the record.
"Eminem wanted Rihanna on the song. But even before all this happened, I'm working on her new album and so we're already kinda working together and he just sent it to her and she just loved it. She doesn't really do too much, as far as collaborations but everybody just loved it so much that they wanted to get on it. I love the song. I had a really big reaction to the "Airplane" record and it's the same with this new one. It's even bigger. I'm getting e-mails now, especially from girls saying that they cried when they first heard it and the reaction has been great. I've actually got groupies now!" (SOHH Guest Star)
Photos from their upcoming "Love the Way You Lie" music video have begun hitting the Internet.
On July 21, Eminem and Rihanna teamed up in Los Angeles for video shoot of their duet track "Love the Way You Lie". In a picture obtained by RapRadar, the SlimShady is seen sporting a casual white undershirt while the Barbadian singer is snapped wearing all-black-everything ensemble. More set images from the Wednesday filming are out via On Location News. They all capture Rihanna performing in front of a burning house. Eminem was "later seen but not photographed" performing together with her on the same set. (Ace Showbiz)
Details on what the music video's actors will be doing have also been revealed.
Their roles are apparently inspired by Eminem's relationship with ex-wife Kim (They married and divorced twice!). "Things start off with a sex scene between Megan and Dominic," a source said. "Then they fight but end up having sex again." The source described the look and feel of the video as "gritty" with "lots of passion." (E! Online)
Listen to "Love the Way You Lie" down below: