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Rihanna & Chris Brown

Rihanna & Chris Brown

Date: Mar 02 2009

Themes: News

Grammar: Contractions and Abbreviations


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Until recently, Rihanna and Chris Brown seemed to have a fairytale romance. They were both rich, famous, beautiful, and in love. But something went terribly wrong.

On the night of the Grammys, police were called to the couple’s hotel room because of an alleged assault. Chris Brown was arrested, and is now charged with threatening Rihanna’s life.

More than 10% of Americans are affected by domestic violence. But we’re surprised when it happens to somebody we know or someone famous, especially when the couple seemed to have it all. Marni and Devan both think the news about Rihanna and Chirs Brown is very sad. Listen to them talk about it.


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Marni:  What do you think about this whole Rihanna and Chris Brown drama? Do you think that, you know, this whole domestic violence issue…Do you think he did it?

Devan:  I think his career is over.

Marni:  Yeah, quite possibly, huh. It seems really tragic. It sounds like he’s had a whole history of violence in his family and…

Devan:  Oh really? I didn’t know about that. I just know that he had this squeaky clean image and this is really going to ruin his image.

Marni:  Yeah, well it seems really horrible, I mean if it’s true, that he would beat up his girlfriend. They seemed really happy and all of a sudden this happens.

Devan:  I know, they were one of those couples that I actually thought, you know, might be together forever. There’s already rumors that she’s taken him back or that she’s gonna take him back, but…I don’t know, I mean right now she could be a spokesperson for women that are in relationships with domestic violence.

Marni:  Absolutely.

Devan:  So if she takes him back, that’s not going to make a very good statement, you know?

Marni:  Definitely, I think you’re absolutely right about that. And really, if there is that sort of violence in their relationship, she shouldn’t take him back.

Devan:  I just wonder what he’s gonna do to redeem himself so that his career doesn’t…

Marni:  Yeah, I don’t know. He’d have to do a lot. I think it’s kinda sad.


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Marni and Devan were surprised and saddened by the news about Rihanna and Chris Brown. It seemed like they were a happy couple, so the news is shocking.

Devan thinks that this incident will ruin Chris Brown’s image. He used to have a squeaky clean image that attracted a lot of young fans. Now that he’s been arrested, he won’t be seen that way anymore.

Marni and Devan both agree that Rihanna shouldn’t return to Chris Brown. Instead, maybe she should become a spokesperson for women in abusive relationships.

What do you think will happen to Rihanna and Chris Brown? Should Rihanna take him back?



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I have never cared about others´personal life. It´s up to them if they get backc togehter. It´s all the same to me

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10:11 AM Feb 13 2016 |




i have followed them for a long time. specially, i adore rihanna’s song. of course, her video clips are legendary haha! so beautiful and gorgeous..isnt it??? there was only one thing i regret, that is chris brown was beating rihanna, i was very angry after this  thing.even so , i think that both them will be very very nice wedding, i don’t know, i am understanding that, please tell me do you like i think, if you think as me, you send me a message haha :)

06:48 PM Sep 05 2015 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Rihanna?no no no i heat of her.Yell

but i think chris brown is  good:)

09:49 PM Jul 04 2012 |



Russian Federation

I am not sure that relationships between Rihanna and Chris Brown will last long. I hate men who beat up women. If I were her, I wouldn`t take Chris back.

06:28 AM May 16 2011 |


United States

I think Chris Brown is a crazy boy cause if he loves her and he can't trust her ,you better leave her alone you don't married and you don't have children.If Rihanna take him back next time he's gonna kill her.

04:45 PM Apr 13 2010 |

Crystal Eyes

Saudi Arabia

I do really know Rihanna ..But "Chris brown"

So .. i haven't heard about him .. and about the love story between them ..

But i do extremely .. likes rihanna musics .. she's really good 

12:53 PM Jan 19 2010 |



Chris Brown is a bad man and Rhianna didn't take him back.

03:13 PM Dec 24 2009 |




That's the typical stuff between couples !

03:48 AM Nov 09 2009 |

Annabelle du


it's the thing just between themselves,all we should do is to wish them enough and happy.if there is still existed love in them,i bless them though,by the way ,i like rihanna's songs very much,they are powerful,dynamic

11:14 AM Mar 08 2009 |



Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

it seemes to me that she got a really strong pearsonality so she well standing trail him and exampel for all people like him

10:44 AM Mar 08 2009 |




that's their secret i think .. but  if she loves him  ,she  will do him a favour right?  but that seems stupid however.

03:07 AM Mar 08 2009 |

janneth patricia vinasco


I have never cared about others´personal life. It´s up to them if they get backc togehter. It´s all the same to me

12:46 AM Mar 08 2009 |




knowing your partner of life better before proceeding to the choice.

02:35 AM Mar 07 2009 |




11:28 PM Mar 06 2009 |



hi how are you

09:30 PM Mar 06 2009 |

my story


rihanna doesnt take him back. this is criminal act

10:07 PM Mar 05 2009 |




Nothing justified a man hit out in a woman,this is sad!
she shouldn’t retuns to him!

07:24 PM Mar 05 2009 |


United States


03:01 PM Mar 05 2009 |



If i were Rihanna, I wouldn’t take Chris Brown back.
But I think Rihanna would take him back, because they both have fairytale memory. It’s very hard for lovers to break completely.
One things would remind you the romance memory. One sentence would remind you what he had said. One song would remind you the moment when they together listen to the songs.
One sentence: Bless Rihanna have good future

09:56 AM Mar 05 2009 |



South Korea

There is no way that she would take him back!! Things are going wrong. He did a terrible thing. It's not tolerance things, right? Because domestic abuse isn't allowed in this society. It shouldn't be happened. He went over the line.

In South Korea, we had also a this kind of celebrity. His name was Steve Yoo. maybe around 10 years ago, he had to join the Korean military service, but he didn't. Even though he said a lot that as Korean guys, we should join military service for granted for my country on TV. At that time, his image was squeaky clean by that kinds of statements. Can you imagine where he is now? He is making his singer career in China. He has been expelled from Korea until now.

What a sad story, right? It sounds like little bit harsh, but you should see, he was squeaky clean. Korean trusted his comments on TV. Tragic…..

07:18 AM Mar 05 2009 |

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