Rihanna’s Mentor Discusses Pop Star’s Condition, Debunks Duet Rumors
Music producer Evan Rogers is coming to the defense of his protege, Rihanna. Rogers, who is credited for discovering the Barbadian beauty on a trip to the country, wants the world to understand that Rihanna is still young and makes mistakes just like everyone else.
"I think that everyone has good intentions and means well, but it turns up the heat in terms of it seeming like the whole world is telling her what to do," Rogers said in a recent interview when questioned about Rihanna's reaction to words of wisdom from the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Tyra Banks. "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."
Rogers also noted that like the public, Rihanna watches television and reads articles regarding the alleged altercation between her and boyfriend Chris Brown. "Just like anyone else, she watches TV, she goes online. 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."
The 21-year-old singer is currently in New York, and was spotted over the weekend celebrating her birthday with Jay-Z, Beyonce and Brandy. Although Rihanna still remains mum, for the past few weeks she has been snapped partying from coast to coast, seemingly getting back into the swing of things.
"I think that most people still see her as the victim in this situation," Rogers said of Rihanna's fan's reaction to the incident. "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 went on to say that Rihanna now has the opportunity to focus on her next album and cleared up rumors of a duet between the star and Brown. "There's no duet that's been recorded other than the one [called "Bad Girl"] that was a bootleg track from months before. Those were just rumors."
According to reports, Rihanna's lawyer Donald Etera and Brown's lawyer Marc Geragos both feel that she should not testify in the case against her boyfriend. Both lawyers believe that due to the popularity of the high profile case, Rihanna's rights as a victim have been compromised as pictures and details surrounding the altercation have been leaked to the media. Geragos is set to meet with both the judge and the prosecution on March 23. Brown is due back in court April 6 to be arraigned on both felony assault and making criminal threats charges.