Rihanna doesn’t want the fans and the media criticizing her relationship with Chris Brown — but she sure is trying to get us to spend our money on it. The cover of Rihanna’s new single, “Stay,” is a grainy photo of her nuzzling Brown’s neck — his tattoo giving away his identity. Missy Ekko, who is also featured on the track, is not depicted in the image.
Several music critics have suggested that “Stay,” a ballad, is about her relationship with Brown, so his photo on the cover may serve as confirmation. It’s certainly the most vulnerable song on the album, not punctuated by anger or defensiveness.
Rihanna spent the holidays with Brown, tweeting photos of herself in his bed celebrating the New Year. However, rumor has it that the troubled twosome has broken up again, and that Rihanna may have reconciled with her ex boyfriend, baseball player Matt Kemp.
Watch her performance of “Stay” on “Saturday Night Live” below.