[artist id=”1961441″]Chris Brown[/artist] and [artist id=”1940303″]Rihanna’s[/artist] families, friends and fans aren’t the only ones upset by the alleged altercation between the two . The information has rocked the music industry. As details have begun to emerge about the incident, their peers have reacted.
“I was completely devastated by the concept of what I heard,” [artist id=”1230523″]Kanye West[/artist] told Ryan Seacrest Tuesday morning (February 10) during a radio interview. West said he was so upset by the news that even affected him during his performance of “American Boy” at the Grammy Awards on Sunday.
“I was completey devastated during the performance,” he said. “All I will say is it’s so devastating. I feel like, just as a person, I don’t care how famous she is, or even if she worked at McDonald’s, that should have never happened. It should have never come to that place.”
West said he saw both performers at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party on Saturday night, and that he is on closer terms with Rihanna.
“I know Rihanna a bit better because I went on tour with her and we vibed out on a lot of creative ideas with the touring,” he said. “I gave her all these references of Grace Jones and [photographer] Jean-Paul Goude, back in the ’80s when pop stars took it to a whole ’nother level. I felt and feel like Rihanna is so important to our culture, to pop music. I feel that she is the most important artist in music and has the most potential. For her taste level at her age and the songs she does and her style. She has the potential to be the greatest artist of all time. In that sense, I feel like she’s my baby sis, and I would do any and everything to help her in any situation.”
Monday night on “Last Call With Carson Daly,” [artist id=”1225081″]T.I.[/artist] said he has spoken with Brown since the incident happened.
“I spoke to him today,” Tip said. “He’s cool, you know. He’s a little concerned about the situation, but he’s still the same Chris.”
Tip said despite conversing with Brown, he still didn’t know what had happened, but he offered advice to the singer.
“I told him, ’This too shall pass.’ We’re celebrities, we’re entertainers, but we’re still human — all of us,” he said. “Don’t expect us not to make mistakes, because we will.”
Following his appearance on “Last Call,” T.I. released a statement to MTV News expressing regret for his comments on the incident. “After careful consideration, I realized I made the mistake of commenting before understanding the situation,” the statement read. “I myself am no stranger to media scrutiny. My only intention was to support both Rihanna and Chris during these times. My heart goes out to both of them.
Someone who is all too familiar with having a domestic dispute plastered across the headlines is [artist id=”15109″]Lionel Richie[/artist], whose ugly confrontations with his now-ex-wife Brenda ultimately resulted in her arrest in 1988. Richie advised both Brown and Rihanna to not run away from what happened.
“You’ll go through adversity,” he offered. “You’re gonna have it. You’re gonna have difficulty. Stand up, face it. Look right in the camera, say, ’Yes, I did it,’ then back out of it. Keep going. That’s all you can do. Because now, there’s no more secrets. You can’t hide anything anymore.
“You can’t get away now,” he continued, analyzing how much the media has changed over the past two decades. “It took a minute … when you could practice your integrity thing, you could practice your mistakes, before the world even heard about it. Now, whatever mistake you make, it’s out there. It’s a different kind of vibe. I wouldn’t want to deal with it right now, not learning the business and life at the same time with that thing [camera] pointing at you every five minutes. All I can say is it’s here, it’s now, deal with it.”
[artist id=”1165858″]Ashanti[/artist], whose critically acclaimed song “Rain on Me” dealt with domestic violence, said “I definitely wish them the best. There’s a lot of things that’s alleged. Nobody knows what going on. They’re young. I hope everything’s all right for the both of them.”
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