Eminem featuring Rihanna, “Love the Way You Lie”

Eminem and Rihanna get personal in their new video “Love the Way You Lie”, recruiting great actors like Megan Fox (Transformers 1 & 2) and Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings 1, 2 & 3) to play a couple who is trapped in a destructive relationship. The two actors embroiled in violent fights and steamy make-out sessions throughout the video, the song and video address’s the passion yet the complexity of most domestic abuse relationships, issues that both Eminem and Rihanna have dealt with in their past that would forever leave its mark. Watch the video below.

It’s the story of Eminem and his ex wife Kim getting to know each other when they moved in together, and it’s the story of their passionate heartfelt relationship and it’s the story of the breakdown of their violent relationship.”

Hinging on Rihanna’s solo “Just gonna stand there and watch me burn” the video shows a large deal of fiery imagery. Rihanna stands in front of a burning house throughout the fiery passionate, yet violent video, and at the end of the video, Eminem throws out a stunning image of himself being on fire to symbolize that the video and song is symbolic to being about his own life and also shows Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan on flames before waking up again and starting the cycle all over again.

Rihanna agreed to do the song and video because she felt a deep personal connection to the meaning of the words due to her much publicized domestic abusive relationship with her ex boyfriend Chris Brown.

Rihanna said that “this is something her and Eminem both experienced, from different sides of the relationship, showing both sides and their faults. The song is passionate and was just authentic. It was real life… Eminem to me pretty much just broke down the cycle of domestic violence and it’s something that a lot people don’t have a lot of insight on unless they have experience in the situation, so this song is a really, really powerful song and along with the video it touches a lot of people.”

Joe Lovrek

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