Rihanna recently sat down with Esquire UK to do a photo spread and interview. Not only did she take umbrage with the interviewer asking her about the negative responses to her recent collaborations with Chris Brown, her ex-boyfriend who beat her up and put her in the hospital back in 2009, but she also expressed surprise at the negative reactions.
Here is the exchange (via The Hollywood Gossip):
Esquire: [The collaboration] proved quite a controversial thing.
Rihanna: Well…definitely. Definitely. The whole thing caught me a little off-guard to be honest… especially the amount of… negative attention. Because it never occurred to me how this was going to be a problem, you know. It really didn’t.
Esquire: Because enough time had passed that it was OK?
Rihanna: I thought people were gonna be surprised that we finally did a record together, but I didn’t see how people could think it was a bad thing, you know? In my mind, it was just music.
Esquire: Some people felt it sent the wrong message.
Rihanna: [Angrily] What was that? What message would that be?
Esquire: You’d gone back to someone who put you in the hospital.
Rihanna: [getting angry] Oh really? Did I?
Esquire: Well… yes.
The full interview is in the July issue of Esquire UK. What do you think, Zap2it readers? Is Rihanna’s professional collaboration with Chris Brown separate from the issue that he beat her up?