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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 don't like that.If she'll take him back, instead Chris Brown Rihanna will lose the 'good girl gone bad' image.

09:21 PM Mar 04 2009 |


United States


05:27 PM Mar 04 2009 |




So i am a man bout this kind of action is really bad, so i do not support Chris Brown with it, that means he is not wothy…..............

it is so bad ´cause i did like his music…... 

04:09 PM Mar 04 2009 |




I hate domestic violence so much!!!Wish Rihanna could be better asap。

02:04 PM Mar 04 2009 |



yeah…...however i also buy her albums sometimes, im just love other bands better.

05:07 AM Mar 04 2009 |


Viet Nam

rihanna was ur idol, so that means now she isn't any more?

02:12 AM Mar 04 2009 |



i dislike chris brown, but rihanna was my idol in the past.

all the withes for herSmile

02:03 AM Mar 04 2009 |


Viet Nam

both chris and rihanna is my idol, i don’t want to blame any of them. i just can believe this rumour, that means i have to choose one of them. you know what, i think Chris is innocent

01:48 AM Mar 04 2009 |


United States


No one on the corner got swagga like us

04:40 PM Mar 03 2009 |



I think althouth once they were happy couple, Rihanna should not take Chirs Brown back when domestic violence happens to her. Just as Marni and Devan said she should be a spokesperson for women in abusive relationship.

02:19 PM Mar 03 2009 |




hello I also believe that, but like you must feel her with the pressure of the paparazzis.

01:52 PM Mar 03 2009 |




domestic violence! i often hear that kind of news and the person he/she will keep to beat partner  in whole life nobody can change.  its not just a mistake sp just leave that person. to be careful.

01:38 AM Mar 03 2009 |



First of all, it´s very important to know about the whole drama, I mean, you´ve to hear both sides of that, and after make some appointments. If she´ll really take him back, maybe he would get a good reason to did that terrible mistake… I´m not protecting him, but there is something more.

01:06 AM Mar 03 2009 |




domestic violence happening on famous stars was supposed to be good news for papers and magazine.

12:48 AM Mar 03 2009 |




Realy, I believe thar she never come back whit he becasue it will be ocours again.uaaa

11:49 PM Mar 02 2009 |





07:34 PM Mar 02 2009 |


Russian Federation

Rihanna should not take him back!!! I aganist domestic violence!Frown

06:55 PM Mar 02 2009 |




i think it’s just only cheap comedy to stay in the centre of attention.or maybe it’s true…who knows…

06:16 PM Mar 02 2009 |

little cherry


What a scandal! ;O

04:20 PM Mar 02 2009 |



I think ; Rihanna shouldn't take him back ; because if Chris really have done this ; then he doesn't earning her.

03:53 PM Mar 02 2009 |

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