Was Rihanna "horrified" when Chris Brown suggested they embark on a joint tour? That's what a tabloid wants readers to believe. Gossip Cop, however, can bust the untrue story.
Earlier this month, Brown tweeted his idea for a world tour involving not just his ex Rihanna, but two other superstars. "Just thinking.... A CRAZY WORLD TOUR would BEYONCE, RIHANNA, BRUNO MARS, CHRIS BROWN. '2 for 2.' And if y'all decide to do it without me... give me 10%," he wrote. The message prompted thousands of replies on Twitter, with many on social media debating whether it would be appropriate for the former couple to work together again. Brown, of course, infamously beat Rihanna during an altercation in 2009.
Now in its latest issue, Grazia acknowledges Rihanna "remained silent" publicly about Brown's idea, but purports a "well-place source" told them she was "privately 'horrified' at his suggestion." This so-called "insider" is quoted as saying, "When Rihanna heard what Chris proposed, she was shell-shocked." This supposed "source" goes on to allege to the gossip magazine, "It looks as thought he still doesn't understand the gravity of what he did."
"For all his public contrition," claims the alleged tipster, other "insiders don't believe that he has fully atoned for it." Asks the outlet's questionable snitch, "If he had, why would he ever think a joint tour would be appropriate?" Well, perhaps he didn't think working together again would be out of the question considering Rihanna and Brown released a joint song called "Nobody's Business" in 2012, three years after the assault.
They also collaborated on a remix of her song "Birthday Cake" and on a remix of his track "Turn Up The Music" that same year, despite their controversial and criminal past. Considering that Rihanna wasn't "horrified" to work with Brown then, it makes little sense to allege that's her reaction now. While it may seem shocking to some that he would suggest teaming up again given their history, Rihanna clearly didn't have a problem doing so on the aforementioned projects. And they didn't just reunite professionally back then, but also romantically.
None if this is mentioned in the publication's article, which makes Gossip Cop wonder how "well-placed" this "well-placed source" really is. Like the tabloid, HollywoodLife also claimed to know Rihanna's reaction to Brown's tour tweet, but similarly left out pertinent information. The site maintained she would never agree to a joint concert series due to a potential backlash, but failed to acknowledge that she did an interview in 2013 in which she insisted public and fan opinion wasn't going to keep her from spending time with Brown if that's what she chose to do.
Considering both publications are peddling takes that are inconsistent with what Rihanna herself has said and done, it's clear that all of these claims were either made-up or came from ill-informed "insiders." It's true that the singer hasn't addressed Brown's tweet, and it's highly unlikely such a tour would ever happen. Still, instead of manufacturing her feelings, Rihanna can speak for herself if she so chooses.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.