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We found love in a hopeless place

Words: Emma van Braningen

The Barbadian singer has just released her latest music video for ‘We Found Love’ which adds to her repertoire of darker pieces. Some say it’s her most controversial work.

The video acts like a short film, detailing the ups and downs of a love-smitten couple spiraling out of control with their addictions not only to drugs and hard-core partying, but to each other. A voiceover by the lovely Agyness Deyn begins the song by saying, ‘It’s like you’re screaming but no one can hear. You almost feel ashamed that someone could be that important, that without them you feel like nothing. No one will ever understand how much it hurts. You feel hopeless, like nothing can save you. And when it’s over and it’s gone, you almost wish that you could have all that bad stuff back so you could have the good.’

Rihanna and her on/offscreen beau go on a roller-coaster ride of drugs, partying, shoplifting and sex, loving each other one second and fighting the next, but never able to be apart. The fiery relationship spins out of control, and after tattooing ‘MINE’ on her derrière and taking a pill-popping journey, she walks out on Dudley O’Shaughnessy as he lies on the floor too drugged up to even stop her from leaving.

The video, set in Ireland, is said to reflect Rihanna’s own emotional devastation over Chris Brown. ‘We Found Love’ is the main single from her latest album Talk that Talk which is due for release on 21 November. Althought the song received mixed reviews, it’s also been the singer’s 20th single in the Billboard Hot 100 – in a record space of time.

She tweeted, ”We’ve never done a video like this before. This is probably one of the deepest videos I’ve ever done. It’s all about love and love being like a drug… you definitely get that from this. The good feeling of it and the dangers of it. That’s what this video is about.’

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