Chris Brown and Rihanna Back Together. Again. (Insert Awkward Uncaring Smirk Here)

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Brown and Riri/Courtesy theybf.com

Am I the only person who is near the point of vomiting over this whole Chris Brown and Rihanna thing? I mean really. Can any two people make more money and get more famous for being absolute train wrecks with disturbing self-images? (Well, besides Kim Kardashian). In a recent cover story on Rolling Stone called “Crazy in Love” (and they definitely got the crazy part right), 24 year-old RiRi spills the beans about her loving relationship with the singer, 23-year-old Chris Brown. Yes, that was sarcasm.

Remember a few years ago, back in 2009, when Chris Brown physically assaulted Rihanna and she went on a media tirade crusading against him? Well, while you all were believing the hype, I was resting on my laurels awaiting his return. I’m no telepath, but I was dead right. Chris Brown has returned with a vengeance. And, now, Rihanna is bigger than she ever was. Are you surprised?

When asked about her reconciliation with Brown, Rihanna had little of importance to say.

“I wanted him to know what it felt like to lose me, to feel the consequences of  that. So when that (stuff) came back it hit me like a ton of bricks. Like, God,  you’ve got to be kidding right now. But I got real with myself, and I just  couldn’t bury the way I felt.”

Really? Just go shoot yourself. She goes on to explain how much the two of them have changed. Apparently now they talk about stuff. Right. So, they have figured out the magical solution to solve domestic violence: talking about stuff. I’mma need her to grab an umberella-ella-ella and have several seats on that one.

I am almost too over it to finish this piece. Honestly, I feel dirty just writing the story. But, there was another person involved in this love debacle. Her name is Karrueche Tran. She is a 24-year-old model who was dating Brown up until October of 2012. In talking about her relationship with Brown, Tran explained that the most difficult aspect of the stardom was the treatment from strangers.

Karreuche Tran

Karrueche Tran/Courtesy Bet.com

“People only see you in blogs and they think they know everything about your  life. There are things that go public and everything that comes out is not the  truth.”

And, while she notes that she is planning to move on in a positive manner holding no grudges against Rihanna or Brown, the whole situation just seems rather disturbing doesn’t it? Apparently, Tran and Brown are going to work on a clothing line together….

Okay, now, I am not going to get all “What about the children?” here, but, at the same time, “What about the dang children y’all?” I mean really. These are young, talented, attractive people. They are setting an example for our children. And, their lives have played out like a really bad telenovela.

Sadly, both of these women have gained record-setting levels of press because of their intimate relationships with Chris Brown. And, along with folks like Kim Kardashian, these young women help to perpetuate the notion that a lack of self-worth is not only okay but marketable.

Let’s just hope that Brown and Rihanna are past the violent stage of their relationship. I loved What’s Love Got to Do with It but they are certainly no Ike and Tina. The future is uncertain. Maybe this will be a “happily ever after” story. Either way, I say mazel tov! Good luck! Break a leg! Well, no one break anyone’s legs please but you get the point.

My question is: Do folks really care about these people’s personal relationships and behavior or will they just blindly support their music anyway?

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Jenn M. Jackson

Jenn M. Jackson is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. She is a native of Oakland, CA, resided in sunny SoCal for a decade, and now lives in the Chicago suburbs. Bringing the bourgie and good measure of the nerdy, she fearlessly writes about politics, pop culture, and whatever other topics in black America have firmly planted a bee in her bonnet.