Yesterday, a new chapter in Rihanna and Evelyn Lozada’s private lives went public in different ways. Rihanna made her first official public appearance with Chris Brown since their domestic violence incident in 2009. The former lovers attended a Los Angeles Lakers vs. New York Knicks game at Staples Center. The duo cuddled courtside and even dressed alike to the chagrin of critics and approval of fans. “Chrianna” supporters took to social media to show their support for the twosome, some even revealing they “want love like Chris and Rihanna’s” and applauding them for not caring what others think of their relationship.
Likewise, Evelyn Lozada and Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson had a public exchange on Twitter. Chad tweeted to Evelyn about kissing under the mistletoe to which Evelyn responded with a kiss of her own. Chad also revealed that they are not only speaking again, but living together:
Christmas appeared to be the day of second chances.
Both Rihanna and Evelyn Lozada are adamant that they are not role models, but the fact remains that their actions can impact impressionable fans.
Their reconciliation with former lovers who abused them can be viewed in a myriad of ways. For many fans, it sends the message that love conquers all, even abuse. Some see it as a redemption narrative with second chances for the men, who both appear to have changed their violent ways at least for the time being. Still, many others believe Rihanna and Evelyn’s choices send the wrong message and condone abusive behavior in relationships.