Rihanna stars in Eminem video on domestic violence
Singer Rihanna has teamed up with Eminem on the rapper's latest video centred on a subject both have experienced - domestic violence, dpa reported.
The video, released Friday, also features actors Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan as a couple stuck in a cycle of fighting, drinking, shoplifting and pyromania.
Rihanna, 22, hit the headlines early last year after she was beaten up by her then-boyfriend, rapper Chris Brown, on the eve of the Emmy Awards.
Eminem also had a notoriously confrontational relationship with his ex-wife Kim, though he was never charged with domestic violence. Many of his rap songs glorified violence against women.
In the video, Rihanna sings outside a house while inside Fox and Monaghan alternately physically abuse and kiss each other. Monaghan told MTV.com that the scene is a metaphor for Eminem's stormy marriage.
"It's the story of their tumultuous relationship, and it was the story of the breakdown of their relationship," Monaghan said. "Ultimately, what I think he's trying to say in the song ... is that he should have walked away a little bit quicker than he did and not let it get as messy as it did."
Rihanna told Access Hollywood that the song was something she "needed" to do.
"It's something that, you know, [Eminem and I have] both experienced, you know, on different sides, different ends of the table," she said. "It just was authentic. It was real. It was believable for us to do a record like that, but it was also something that needed to be done. He pretty much just broke down the cycle of domestic violence and it touches a lot of people."