Chris Brown Discusses Rihanna Incident In New Documentary
The concept of celebrity has come to trump reality in our modern society, a glossy fiction that renders the trials and tribulations of day to day life nebulous by comparison.
From the filtered corridors of Instagram to the effervescent covers of magazines, we are constantly confronted with images of glittery perfection to which the vast majority of the world's population can but haplessly aspire.
We operate in a society that values the coruscating heat of celebrity over all else; they have come to be world leaders and politically powerful, as well as social taste makers who influence the general public more profoundly than most of us would care to admit.
From the sun-soaked vistas they post on Instagram to the other worldly qualities they exhibit on the red carpet, it is all too easy to forget that celebrities are real people, who live real lives, no matter how ostensibly privileged they appear.
That the rich and famous have their own problems is an oft-derided notion, but it is undoubtedly the case. One such high profile instance of this came when news emerged of Chris Brown striking his then girlfriend, Rihanna, in 2009.
The regrettable incident is well known, and now Chris Brown has spoken about it in a new documentary entitled Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life. He says that a woman whom he had previously been with materialized at a Grammy's part in 2009, which caused Rihanna's disquiet. He continues;
"She starts going off, she throws the phone ‘I hate you!’, whatever, whatever. She starts hitting me, we’re in a little Lamborghini. You know, she’s fighting me, and I’m like ‘Look, I’m telling you the truth, I swear to God, stop it.’ So then she hits me a couple more times. It doesn’t go from translation to ‘Let’s sit down, I’m telling you the truth.’
"So now I’m gonna be mean and be evil. Like I remember she tried to kick me, just like her beating shit.
"But then I really hit her. With a closed fist. Like I punched her, and it busted her lip. And when I saw it I was in shock, I was ‘Fuck, why did I hit her like that?’.
"So from there she’s spitting blood in my face, it raised me even more. It’s a real fight in the car, and we driving in the street. I’m like ‘Yo, we tripping, what the fuck, what are we doing?’"
Expanding, Brown continued;
"I felt like a fucking monster. A lot of the times, I look back at that picture and I think ‘that’s not me bro, that’s not me’. I hate it to this day, that’s going to haunt me forever."
Whether you characterize Chris Brown's decision to speak about the incident as brave or insensitive and self-serving, his admissions in the new documentary will surely shine a spotlight back on the issue of domestic violence.