Popstar Rihanna said that she accepted Eminem’s offer to collaborate on their new single ‘Love The Way You Lie’ because she felt a deep connection with the song’s lyrics.

The track, which is currently number one on the Billboard US singles chart, focuses on the subject of domestic violence.

Rihanna said that she immediately “understood” the track because of her history with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, who attacked the singer last year.

“It’s something that, you know, we’ve both experienced on different sides, different ends of the table,” Rihanna disclosed in a recent interview

“He [Eminem] pretty much just broke down the cycle of domestic violence and it’s something that people don’t have a lot of insight on.

“I knew if he sent me a record there must be something to it. 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.”

The two shoot a video for the hit song last week, which will premiere on MTV this week.

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