Poor Rihanna. Even though it’s been six years since Chris Brown assaulted her the night before the Grammys, RiRi’s constantly reminded of that horrific night when she’s asked about it by the media. She feels like she’s being ‘punished over and over’ again.
As the victim of Chris Brown‘s, 26, violent assault in 2009, Rihanna, 27, finds it frustrating that she’s “punished over and over” again when asked to talk about it in the media. Sometimes, she wishes she could just “get over it,” as “nobody wants to remember it,” but the pain is very “real” and still “relevant.” To hear more about Chris Brown and Rihanna, head over to iTunes and download the latest HollywoodLife podcast for free!
In a candid new interview with Vanity Fair, Rihanna is asked how it feels to always be the “poster child for domestic violence.” And she said when she’s reminded of that horrific night, it’s like being “punished over and over.”
Just last year, Rihanna became upset with the NFL and CBS when they chose not to play her hit, “Run This Town” during an opening-week game for the season. Apparently, they didn’t want anyone to make any sort of connection between Chris’ assault on her and Ray Rice‘s domestic abuse scandal.
Speaking about the incident, and being forever linked to domestic violence, Rihanna told the magazine, “Well, I just never understood that, like how the victim gets punished over and over. It’s in the past, and I don’t want to say ‘Get over it,’ because it’s a very serious thing that is still relevant; it’s still real.”
“A lot of women, a lot of young girls, are still going through it. A lot of young boys too. It’s not a subject to sweep under the rug, so I can’t just dismiss it like it wasn’t anything, or I don’t take it seriously. But, for me, and anyone who’s been a victim of domestic abuse, nobody wants to even remember it. Nobody even wants to admit it. So to talk about it and say it once, much less 200 times, is like … I have to be punished for it? It didn’t sit well with me,” she continued.
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— Chris Rogers