Rihanna: Is She Living a Lie Or a RIH-ality?

Over the last few years Rihanna has become one of the biggest pop idols this decade has seen but along with her fame comes criticism from the media and the people concerned about her wild behaviour and carefree living.

She is notorious for posting near naked photos on Instagram as well as pictures of her smoking weed and posing with strippers in strip clubs. The 25-year-old shot to fame with her first hit ‘Pon the replay’ in 2005 which left the world wondering who this Bajan accented girl was and what she could bring to the music industry. Since then she has released 7 albums and been on 5 world tours but despite her massive success her behaviour seems to be the one thing everyone loves to talk about. Critics contest that she is a role model to these young girls that listen to her music and follow her career so she should behave in a certain way but repeatedly Rihanna protests that she is no one’s role model and doesn’t want to be seen as a role model, she is her own person and lives the way she wants to. However some argue going into a business like this automatically makes you a role model as you are viewed by millions everyday and have influence over how they choose to behave therefore you should be concerned and wary of your actions and how they can affect other people.

A few of the things that sparked media attention was her non-stop partying, rumoured romances with several celebrities such as Drake, Meek Mill and Matt Kemp but the biggest thing to affect her career was her romance with Chris Brown which ended disastrously a few years ago. In 2009 TMZ got their hands on a photo of Rihanna were you could visibly see she had been attacked or in some sort of altercation that left her battered and bruised, the world would later find out that she had got into a fight with her then boyfriend Chris Brown. Chris later pleaded guilty in court to a felony assault and was ordered five years probation and to stay 50 yards away from the singer.

Me & My Man – Rihanna cosies up to Chris Brown

Three years later the ex’s got back in contact and rekindled their friendship which again had the world criticising her choices about what she was so publicly doing. Rihanna told Rolling Stone “I decided it was more important for me to be happy. I wasn’t going to let anybody’s opinion get in the way of that. Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake. After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I’d rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it.” She also told Oprah in a sit down interview last year that she had lost  her “best friend” (Brown) in one moment.  She said that “It was a weird, confusing space to be in, because as angry as I was … I just felt he made that mistake because he needed help. And I wondered, who’s going to help him?” Rihanna continued, telling Winfrey that “No one’s going to say, ‘He needs help.’  Everybody’s going to say, ‘He’s a monster, without looking at the source.’”

Being in the spotlight can be a very tough experience as you are judged by every action 24/7 and this can be very hard-hitting for some people but I think sometimes the world can forget these people we so love to critic (I am guilty of this too) are human and do make mistakes and can learn from their mistakes. Rihanna is only 25 so she is a young woman just enjoying her life like the rest of 25-year-olds do the only difference is her life is put on a pedestal.

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