Rihanna just dropped her new music video for "Diamonds," the first single off her upcoming album, Unapologetic. The song is about a relationship, but interpretations are split on whether the song moves in a healthy direction about finding true love or centers on lost love — the latter a popular theme in Rihanna's music after her experience with domestic violence at the hands of then boyfriend Chris Brown. We have the "Diamonds" music video for you below and, after listening to it ourselves, think it's clear that Rihanna definitely references Chris Brown in the single and the video.
One of the most obvious nods to Chris Brown in the "Diamonds" music video is the arm of the male Rihanna holds on to in the beginning scenes (and throughout) the video. The arm is heavily tattooed and done so in a way that very closely resembles Brown's tattoos. If that weren't enough to convince you, there is other powerful imagery — from Rihanna being chased on a dark road (referencing the horrific pre-Grammy night fight?) as well as a Chris Brown lookalike in the final scenes of the "Diamonds" music video.
Chris Brown and Rihanna are rumored to have rekindled their relationship months ago. In fact, Brown was invited to her Halloween party this year. (In case you're wondering, Brown showed up with his friends dressed as the Taliban…) Whether or not they are officially back together, it does seem there is a protective shield around Rihanna to protect her from Chris Brown.
"Jay-Z told Rihanna that if Chris is truly making her happy then to go for it," said a source to Britain's the Sun newspaper. "He invited them as a couple to his concert in New York and backstage he called Chris to one side and told him if he hurts Rihanna, whether emotionally or physically, it's over for him."
Unapologetic will be released on Nov. 19, 2012.
Watch the "Diamonds" music video below and tell us what you think the song and video mean?
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