“I don’t know why y’all all got to attack Chris,” a sometimes tearful, sometimes defiant Rihanna said during the eleven minute press conference. “He just trying to move on and to get on with his life, but you jackals in the press won’t let him. No, for the record, that tattoo ain’t of me. Y’all think I’m the only woman he ever beat on? Please.”
Rihanna went on to blast the media for its role in “trying to drive a wedge between” herself and “the love of my life, Chris. Haters gon’ (sic) hate, but y’all just need to get a life. Oprah understood when I told her about my complex, intense relationship with Chris. She gets it, and she don’t judge us. Chris is probably remorseful, and I believe he’ll change one day, but everybody just need to move forward and let my man live his life. Just step off. Or else.”
Rihanna did not elaborate on the identity or basis for the neck tattoo, nor did she speculate about what exactly was going through Brown’s mind when he made the conscious decision to put the image on his neck, but representatives for Brown said last week that the tattoo is some Mexican symbol or some such nonsense.
Rihanna insisted that abuse of any form is unacceptable, and any woman in an abusive relationship should get as far away from their abuser as possible and seek help wherever they can get it. Rihanna then got into a limo with Brown and drove off.
Dr. Arthur Zillante contributed to this article