Rihanna Was 'Shocked' Eminem Wanted To Work With Her

'What? Eminem wants to do a song with a pop artist? With me?' singer recalls thinking when offered 'Love the Way You Lie.'

It's less than two weeks until Rihanna releases Loud, which will feature Eminem on the [article id="1651117"]sequel to their smash "Love the Way You Lie."[/article] But when Rihanna initially found out that Em wanted to feature her on his Recovery album, she was "shocked."

"That's the first thing I thought. I was like, 'What? Eminem wants to do a song with a pop artist? With me?' 'Cause, you know, he always raps and talks sh-- about pop artists and pop female artists," she told MTV News. "So it was more of a shock to me than anything, and then that was the first thought. The second thought was, 'Of course I'll do a song with Eminem.' That's just something that doesn't come around every day. And then thirdly, I heard the song, and I just loved it."

She might have loved it from the second she heard it, "but I didn't know how intense the song would be to people," she continued. "I didn't know. I didn't expect them to connect with that song the way they did. It was incredible to see."

Rihanna said her fans' passion for the song made her have even a stronger connection to it. "They got really emotional, and you automatically connect, because now you both have in common [something] that you wouldn't have been able to know if you didn't have this song to bridge that," she said. "This song, it gave a voice to victims, but what I really enjoy about this song is not only how cleverly written it is ... but the fact that [Eminem] confronts himself on this record is the biggest thing for me."

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