Ever since it was announced that Rihanna and Chris Brown would be collaborating on a song together denizens of the internet have clambered over each other in order to give their opinion on the 'Talk That Talk' singer's decision to forgive her abusive ex-boyfriend.
Speaking to The Telegraph music icon and former Eurythmics frontwoman Annie Lennox also offered her take on the situation, amid an interview concerning the sexualisation of female artists.
"Here is a young woman who has been through domestic violence and she could become a tremendous spokesperson for that issue but the choice is hers." said the 'Sweet Dreams' songstress.
"It's not up to anybody else to do that. Of course if she did choose to do that it would be so fucking powerful but it's her personal right to choose it or not. We all have our own issues and we have to deal with them in our own way."
Rihanna was attacked by Brown in his car after the 2009 Grammy Awards. Brown was subsequently sentenced to five years probation and six months of community labour. Rumours concerning the pair possibly reuniting have circulated on and off since then, but now that they have collaborated together on a remix of Rihanna's track 'Birthday Cake' and are once again being romantically linked (rumours are circulating today that the pair will be wed soon in a 'secret ceremony') fans have got their knickers in a twist, greeting the news with either rightful condemnation or pitiful justification.
Personally I believe that Lennox is right. If Rihanna decided that her boyfriend smacking her in the face is the kind of action that deserves to be publically derided then that would've sent a good message to women going through the same ordeal. However, it is ultimately her decision whether or not she wishes to handle this situation irresponsibly by publically jumping back into the arms of a man who not only physically abused her, but has shown little to no remorse for his actions since. His last album F.A.M.E. was an acronym for 'Forgiving All My Enemies', for God's sake.
In the interview Lennox, a staunch feminist, also spoke out about the over-sexualisation of women in the industry: "The world has become more sexualised," she said. "I thought the world was already sexualised when I was younger but it sells and sells and now it's just a marketing device.
"The display of sexuality is part of our nature but I think when it becomes a cliché and that's the only thing you are using to draw people's attention it becomes one-dimensional."
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