March 18, 2009 Leave a comment
The music mogul who discovere Rihanna has spoken out about his protege for the first time since her much-publicised fight with boyfriend Chris Brown.
Producer Evan Rogers insists the good intentions of talk show hosts like Oprah Winfrey and Tyra Banks, who have publicly urged Rihanna to break off her romance with Brown, aren’t helping the Umbrella singer, who reconciled with her boyfriend after a brief split. Rogers tells Entertainment Weekly magazine that the R&B star is struggling to come to terms with the fall-out from the 8 February (09) bust-up, which left her face swollen and bruised – and comments from TV pundits aren’t helping. He says, “It turns up the heat in terms of it seeming like the whole world is telling her what to do. At the end of the day, people forget that, at 21, your perspective is very different. These kinds of things can happen to anyone, whether you’re a celebrity or not. “She’s very aware of everything that’s going on. Just like anyone else, she watches TV, she goes online. And I think that it matters to her, but there’s a line that she walks between being human and caring when you hear these kinds of things, and separating your personal life from your professional life. “She’s doing the best she can and this is a very difficult time that she’s going through right now, and she’s going to learn a lot from it. “I think that most people still see her as the victim in this situation. You’ll always have a lot of haters who talk negatively about artists all day long on the Internet. But I think that when the dust settles, she’s going to be fine.” Rogers has also dismissed reports suggesting Rihanna and Brown have recorded a reconciliation duet: “There’s no duet that’s been recorded other than one called Bad Girl that was a bootleg track from months before.”