Chris Brown and Rihanna Are Moving On…We Should Too!May 7th, 2013
By Gee King
Now that Chris Brown and Rihanna have officially split, the young stars are free to grow as artists and people without the burden of their troubled relationship clouding the public’s view of their art. By detaching themselves and their careers from one another, both can enter true adulthood by evolving beyond the interlocked bad boy and bad girl images that made them two of the most polarizing figures of pop culture’s last half-decade.
Neither is completely ready for that transformation quite yet. Chris is still incapable of keeping his emotions in check, as evidenced by the bizarre social media activity that hipped everyone to their impending breakup. And Rihanna still seems content with being the ultimate bad gal despite many fans wishes that she grow into a more mature role worthy of her massive influence. Despite the limitations of their current roles, their decision to split will liberate both to explore their respective potentials without their stories constantly being tied back to that fateful night before the 2009 Grammys.
Because of the gravity of their infamous incident, a reunion was inevitable. They had to see their teenaged love story to the end whether critics understood or not. But when they rekindled their relationship, they set off a media firestorm that completely overshadowed all of their artistic endeavors. When Chris gave a sneak preview of his new song “Give It Away” at a club, gossip blogs rushed to report his lyrics (“It’s mine, girl, it’s mine, so you better not give it away!”) as him claiming ownership of Rihanna’s lady parts. And despite the release of his undeniably catchy new single “Fine China,” Chris got more publicity for being seen getting cozy with any woman that wasn’t Rihanna than he did for his creative resurgence.
Once they recover from the heartbreak, both will be met with the unique opportunity to create new personas from scratch. They can never fully escape their pasts, but they may find it surprisingly easy to find refuge in their blindingly bright futures. The sky is the limit for both, so if they can rise above their former selves, it won’t take long to redefine their stories and push their ugly incident toward the bottom of their respective Wikipedia pages. Not to mention the juicy material they will be able to mine from their years together.
Chris’ upcoming album X has been billed as a landmark moment for the young star. Mainstream America has slowly let him creep back into the spotlight, but only a phenomenal album will grant him access back into the American public’s good graces. His dedication to charity work and positivity were not enough to help most fans get over their frustration they felt when Rihanna decided to forgive him. By disconnecting from her, he could be allowed to follow in the footsteps of the countless other male stars who have wronged American sweethearts and gone on to become celebrated legends. Rihanna will also find herself before a clean canvas with the skills and resources to paint any sort of future she can imagine. While it’s sad to see love die, divided they may rise to levels of creativity and success they never could have reached while together.