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2009: CHRIHANNA

 

"F--- love."  --Rihanna on domestic abuse. 

 

I know, I know….Not exactly hip-hop, but considering a couple of collabos we can grandfather them in.  No year-end listing would be complete without the mention of Chrihanna.  The tragic ending to this mega union was nothing less than shocking.  To say I couldn’t keep my eyes off any headline that included these two would be an utter lie. 

 

At the top of their game, both Rihanna and Chris were scheduled to perform at the February 8 Grammy Awards.  But a buzz starting brewing when both were a “no show” and reports of a police investigation of Chris became public. 

 

Around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, police revealed that Brown and “a woman” were in a vehicle in L.A. when they became involved in an argument. After stopping his car, the R&B singer and the woman got out and the argument escalated. The LAPD received a 911 call reporting the disturbance.

When officers arrived they found the victim, but Brown had already left the scene.  At that was when the –ish hit the fan. 

 

The world became awed at the mess that was revealed and as photos of a battered Rihanna hit the net, we all became divided.  Is domestic abuse acceptable?  Does it matter who started it?  How much force was too much?  But the two were don’t yet. 

 

Less than three weeks after the couple's alleged altercation, they reunited at the home of Diddy.  Chris was spotted "smiling, riding a jet-ski, and flexing his arm muscles," while Rihanna hid inside.

 

Regardless of everyone’s thoughts, the verdict eventually came in and Chris pleaded guilty in June to one count of felony assault against Rihanna.


Brown's six-month labor sentence will be supervised by the chief of police in Richmond, Va., who wrote to the judge that Brown would perform graffiti removal, cleaning and maintaining grounds, and washing cars. "Brown's labor hours will be flexible to accommodate his entertainment career," according to DA spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons.


In addition, Brown will incur fines and fees of $2,500 in restitution, $2,500 in probation expenses, $30 for criminal conviction fee and $400 for the domestic violence fund.

 

Months later, Brown appeared to headline a “sorry and saddened” tour as he hit the talk show circuit.  The world wondered what Rihanna was thinking.  But all questions were answered when she appeared on “20/20” in November and said “F love.”   While Chris’ fans gawked and moaned, Rihanna’s appearance on the “20/20” resulted in a 50% increase for the domestic violence hotline.

 

Despite the sour note it ended on, the demise of their union did inspire the pair to release two very personal albums.  Only time will tell if these two can ever mend their careers.  




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