Saturday, February 21, 2009

Rihanna's Relatives Speak Out!

The new issue of People magazine, on sale today, features Rihanna on the cover along with the headline, "Rihanna's Nightmare: Arguments, Jealousy and Hotel-Room Trashing. What Led to the Violence and How She's Coping."

The cover story features comments from an unnamed relative regarding her relationship with boyfriend Chris Brown, who is being investigated for allegedly assaulting Rihanna in Los Angeles.

Brown "flew so far under everyone's radar that we just didn't think he was that abusive type," said the family member. "He was always looking after her needs, making sure she was happy."

When asked about the suggestion of Rihanna's father, Ronald Fenty, to "move on" when it comes to his daughter's relationship with Brown, the relative agrees. "I don't want her to go back to him. I don't think anyone does."

Meanwhile, E! News is quoting a source who claims Rihanna has left Barbados, where she spent the last several days with family and friends while recuperating from injuries sustained in the attack. Her destination, however, was not reported.

E! is also reporting that Rihanna's record sales have jumped following the incident. Sales of her 2007 album, "Good Girl Gone Bad," surged 33 percent, selling another 25,000 copies at No. 31. Meanwhile, Brown's 2007 album, "Exclusive," continued to see sluggish sales, failing to register among the Top 200.

The Web site for ABC News put out a story this week titled "Black Community Bitter About Chris Brown: Parents, Kids and Celebrities Upset About Brown-Rihanna Abuse."

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