90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Rihanna And Chris Brown
Chris Brown performs during the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles. (AP)

Chris Brown performs during the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles. (AP)

Rihanna and Chris Brown are making headlines again. Back in 2009, Brown beat his then girlfriend to a pulp before a pre-Grammy party.

He pleaded guilty to a felony charge and was ordered to stay away. She became the bloody and bruised face of relationship violence.

This year, Brown performed at the Grammy’s. Not everyone approved, including country singer Miranda Lambert, who got into a nasty tweet exchange with Brown.

Now comes news that Rihanna and Brown are collaborating musically again. Are they just singing duets, or back together?

Back in 2009, On Point examined the complexities of violent relationships

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
  • Sam

    I wasn’t surprised.

    I don’t know the percentage, but A LOT of women go back to their abusers. They cannot break the cycle of abuse. It is physically and emotionally uncomfortable (to say the least) to not be in that relationship and the perpetrators try their hardest to get their gf/wife back. It’s called a honeymoon period. They appologize, shmooze you, promise you things, including change and then you believe them, get back together, and it just goes around in the circle.

    I will not be surprised to hear if he abuses her again.
    And it’s sad, but there is nothing you can do.
    Not a single thing.

    A person (usually a woman) has to want to stop this, he/she has to realize that this is not healthy and not right and seek help to try to change. She will need to do a lot of work to heal herself and learn why she goes back to that person and how not to do that again.

    Best of luck to Rihanna. She is so beautiful and talented and it breaks my heart seeing her back again with Brown, if that’s the case.

    Having been in several abusive relationships, I am now learning so many things about myself and why I am attrackted and attract these kinds of people. Now, I wouldn’t touch my ex with a 10 foot pole, yet I can say with 100% certainty, that I still love him. It’s weird, but it’s true.

    Thank you

    • Bobs7447

      Interesting self-disclosure and a poignant reminder of how complicated this issue often is. I wish you the best.

  • More interested in News

    this is news?

  • JustSayin

    Fortunately, I don’t know who these people are, and I don’t see why anybody should know.

  • Annc1958

    She is foolish. Once a man hits a woman, he will definately do it again. Maybe she wants to be his punching bag?

  • Lauren

    It’s really not that hard to understand.

    When someone who you really believed loved you does something so horrible, it’s like a nightmare. You WANT to believe that it was a moment of temporary insanity–that it was not the “real” them. And the rest of the world seems to have moved on, so why shouldn’t she just forgive and forget too?

    Unfortunately, there is nothing normal about what he did. Anyone capable of that degree of violence is not a good person or safe to be around. I’m not saying he is irredeemable, but there has been no sign of true repentance and treatment. He will do it again, and I truly hope she survives the next time, as any expert will tell you that domestic violence tends to escalate. It surely never gets better or just goes away on its own.

ONPOINT
TODAY
Aug 28, 2014
Photos surround the casket of Michael Brown before the start of his funeral at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.  (AP)

The message that will last out of Ferguson with New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb.

Aug 28, 2014
Some of the hundreds of earthquake damaged wine barrels cover and toppled a pair of forklifts at the Kieu Hoang Winery, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Napa, Calif. A powerful earthquake that struck the heart of California's wine country caught many people sound asleep, sending dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them and toppling wine bottles in vineyards around the region. (AP)

Drought in California, earthquake in Napa. We look at broken bottles and the health of the American wine industry.

RECENT
SHOWS
Aug 27, 2014
The cast of the new ABC comedy, "Black-ish." (Courtesy ABC)

This week the Emmys celebrate the best in television. We’ll look at what’s ahead for the Fall TV season.

 
Aug 27, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, right, as Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, center, looks at them, prior to their talks after after posing for a photo in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. (AP)

Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s leader meet. We’ll look at Russia and the high voltage chess game over Ukraine. Plus, we look at potential US military strikes in Syria and Iraq.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Poutine Whoppers? Why Burger King Is Bailing Out For Canada
Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

Why is Burger King buying a Canadian coffee and doughnut chain? (We’ll give you a hint: tax rates).

More »
1 Comment
 
Why Facebook And Twitter Had Different Priorities This Week
Friday, Aug 22, 2014

There’s no hidden agenda to the difference between most people’s Facebook and Twitter feeds this week. Just a hidden type of emotional content and case use. Digiday’s John McDermott explains.

More »
1 Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: August 22, 2014
Friday, Aug 22, 2014

On mixed media messaging, Spotify serendipity and a view of Earth from the International Space Station.

More »
Comment