Rihanna’s crowd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles last week erupted when Eminem surprised the audience by joining the singer on stage during her Live Nation concert tour.
The two sang their duet, “Love The Way You Lie,” about an abusive relationship.
After the show, Access Hollywood was exclusively backstage with Rihanna as she opened up about why she chose to be a part of the emotional song.
“It’s something that, you know, we’ve both experienced, you know, on different sides, different ends of the table,” Rihanna told Access of her reasons for taking part in the song.
“He pretty much just broke down the cycle of domestic violence and it’s something that people don’t have a lot of insight on,” Rihanna said of Eminem’s track.
Despite her own volatile relationship with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, Rihanna did not shy away from the chance to be a part of the explosive lyrics of Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie,” which includes the lyrics from the rapper, “I laid hands on her/I’ll never stoop so low again/I guess I don’t know my own strength” and Rihanna singing, “Just gonna stand there and watch me burn, but that’s alright because I like the way it hurts.”
“I knew if he sent me a record there must be something to it,” Rihanna explained of how she was brought on board. “It couldn’t just be, ‘Oh, Duh! She was in that relationship so we have to get her.’
“The lyrics were so deep, so beautiful and intense. It’s something that I understood, something I connected with,” Rihanna added.
In other Rihanna news, the singer revealed she has become party planner for pop star pal Katy Perry’s bachelorette party. Katy is set to marry British funnyman Russell Brand on an undisclosed date.
“It’s taking up way more time than my tour,” Rihanna laughed. “It’s so much pressure. Her wedding is probably going to be the best wedding I’ve ever been to and now I have to match the bachelorette party to that.”
Rihanna said she’s taking inspiration from Katy’s stylized look for the event.
“I could have balloons and Disney characters there and she’ll still make it wild. That’s just Katy Perry. There’s no way around that with her,” Rihanna said.
In more Rihanna news, on Monday night it was revealed that the singer has signed on to star in her first feature film. Variety reported that the beauty will star in Universal’s “Battleship,” inspired by the game of the same name.
“True Blood’s” Alexander Skarsgard and “Friday Night Lights” hunk Taylor Kitsch are also a part of the cast.
The film is due out on May 25, 2012.