July 27th, 2010
12:26 PM ET
It’s not at all a coincidence that Rihanna, a former victim of domestic violence, is singing the vocals on Eminem’s chart-topping track about an abusive relationship, “Love the Way You Lie.”
When the Detroit rapper called her up to talk about a collaboration, the 22-year-old singer said she couldn’t say no.
“It’s something that we’ve both experienced on different sides, different ends of the table,” Rihanna told Access Hollywood. “It was authentic and it was real, it was believable for us to do a record like that, and it’s also something that needed to be done.”
Em penned lyrics like, “If she ever tries to [expletive] leave again/I'mma tie her to the bed/And set the house on fire,” with Rihanna singing, “Just gonna stand there/And watch me burn/But that's alright/Because I like/The way it hurts.” It’s heavy stuff, certainly, but Rihanna said she was impressed with the way Eminem expressed such a difficult topic.
“The way that he did it was so clever,” she told Access. “He pretty much just broke down the cycle of domestic violence, and it’s something that a lot of people don’t have a lot of insight on, so this song is really powerful.”
The Barbadian singer added that she wasn’t at all apprehensive about working with Em because she was confident he wasn’t just trying to exploit her well-publicized past.
“Eminem is an artist of class, and I knew if he sent me a record, there must be something to it. It couldn’t just be, ‘Oh, duh, she was in that relationship so we have to get her,’” she said. “It was really a deep song, and the lyrics were so deep, so beautiful and intense, it was something that I understood, something that I connected with."
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