Rihanna Opens Up, But Why Now?


It’s been nine months since Rihanna’s bruised and beaten face appeared on the cover of tabloids across America. And while Chris Brown did his fair share of talking and apologizing publicly, Rihanna remained silent…. until now.

Glamour magazine recently named Rihanna one of their Women of the Year and in return she granted them her first exclusive interview since her attack. She opened up about her past, the ordeal with Chris Brown, her message to young women and how the past eight months inspired her new album.

It was open and real…and the timing couldn’t have been better.

I don’t want to be a cynic, but it seems quite, well, convenient that Rihanna finally talks to the media right around the time her new album is set to release. If there was ever a time to use her fame to speak out against domestic abuse and help other young women in her position, it seems just perfect to do it at a time when it can benefit her career as well.

“I’ve put everything I’ve wanted to say for the past eight months into my music. [My new album] is super fearless — which is exactly how I feel right now. I am in a really good place.”

Let it be known that I fully support Rihanna. Domestic abuse flies under the radar in far too many cases, and there should be more people like Rihanna telling their stories. But I just don’t know why she couldn’t have done this sooner. Why now, Rihanna? Why now?

I’d hate to say this interview is strategic publicity.

Now I’m not saying I won’t tune in to watch Rihanna’s interview with Diane Sawyer Thursday on Good Morning America (or Friday on 20/20); her side of the story has been long awaited. And I understand that being splashed all over the tabloids and having your privacy invaded is no one’s idea of a good time. But personally, I think I see a hidden agenda here. And I tend to feel a little weird about using one’s misfortunes to make money.

I guess a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. But just for the record: I was always going to buy the album, interview or no interview.



    1. Maddy says:

      Why shouldn't she profit off of something horrible that happened to her? In the article she says that she went to bed as Rihanna and woke up as Britney Spears, in the sense that the media frenzy incited by her assault was unparalleled by any that had resulted from her music career. She had to deal with months of embarrassment and public scrutiny. She is already taking this negative and turning it into a positive by becoming a voice against domestic abuse — what's wrong with turning her victimization on its head and using it as a tool to promote her new album and her career as an independent woman in the music industry?

    2. Vicki says:

      I think a lot of it is that she didn't necessarily want to come out right after it happened when Chris Brown was out there trying to defend himself and apologizing. She wanted to take her own time, process all that had happened, re-evaluate and think things through, and talk about it when she was finally ready. While you made a good point about this happening right when her new album is coming out, I don't think that was her main motivation.

      Since she was the one who was physically abused, I think that it had been a lot harder for her to talk about this. It can be really traumatizing, and can take a long time to process and heal. My bet as to why she is doing this now is because she has finally come to a place where she is finally comfortable talking about it in public.

    3. Dia says:

      well she was ready to do a whole new CD and she will inevitably have to make public appearances, so what else are thy going to talk about? Its not a why now? thing its a shes finally ready thing

    4. Lola says:

      It's called public relations. People do this all the time. And I'm going to agree with Dia, it could just be she is finally ready. She doesn't have to talk at all, what she is doing is brave, no matter if there is an underlying motive or not.

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    6. The Fashionable Hous says:

      I don't think it's a matter of why didn't she do it sooner. I'm betting she isn't ready to talk about it now. Her publicist probably said hey, listen you need to do this for your career, so suck it up and talk about it.

      Nine months might seem like a long time to us, but the whole incident probably feels like it was just yesterday. Esp with how much Chris Brown brought it up…

      I think she's brave to talk about it all, regardless of when it is. And I see this as her publicists fault, not hers.

    7. km@gmail.com says:

      She is only talking now because she wants to promote her album….media whore. Sad what they do for attention.

    8. For Real? says:

      Have you ever even seen someone after that kinda trauma? See if they want to spill all their guts to you. Let alone the whole wide world. Get a grip.

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    11. Mel says:

      I'm actually a little surprised it didn't take a little longer. But if anything, it IS, at the very least, convenient for her album and for Chris Brown's album–they both should be coming out soon, right?

      But besides that, when I watched it, it seemed to me that there were certain things that she didn't want to talk about–and she didn't unless she was asked. What she did do was speak out about domestic violence, the basics of what happened, the "before, during, and after" of what happened, why she went back to him, etc. It was an eye-opener for me as to what the hell was going on in her head (like seriously? I did NOT get why she would go back to him after that beating).

    12. criolle says:

      Look at the picture … and look at her body language.

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