It's hard to keep your eyes off Rihanna and Chris Brown. And it seems that's exactly the way they want it.
The couple has been in the public eye, side-by-side, since the latter part of last year. With each outing -- from their courtside seats at the Lakers vs. Knicks game on Christmas Day to their front-row sets at the Grammys Sunday night -- the more comfortable they look alongside each other. And with each ChRihanna sighting, I take a step further away from strong ambivalence and move towards tiresome nonchalance.
The "love conquers all" part of me wants Chris Brown and Rihanna to thrive in their seemingly happy relationship. But the other side of me...
With each Instagram photo that pops up on my feed, I still can't help but cringe a little. When I see Rihanna rest her head on Chris' shoulder at the Grammys or hear of her blow kisses at him during his court hearing last week (Feb. 6) – I can't help but recall when I'd see Whitney Houston root for Bobby Brown during his drug abuse hearings. It’s uncomfortable as hell, but what are you gonna do?
Chris Brown and Rihanna together just hours before the pre-Grammys violent altercation in 2009.
On nights like tonight, it's difficult for most of us to not think back to the altercation that took place the evening before the 2009 Grammys. Although disheartened, the feeling is fleeting as it’s become tiring to drag up the incident each time the couple shows public displays of affection.
No matter how much we discuss the ins and outs of their relationship, and if it's good or bad, the couple doesn't seem to care. In fact the public disapproval only seems to make them more amorous. Rihanna has made it clear that her relationship with Chris Brown is "Nobody's Business" and that "it's different now." "We don't have those types of arguments anymore. We talk about shit. We value each other," she continued to tell Rolling Stone.
If seeing ChRihanna together takes you on a tumultous ride down memory lane, buckle up because the trip doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon. For me, I'm exiting here.