The Way They Were: Shocking Celebrity Breakups
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It was how they broke up that shocked everyone: a domestic violence episode in February 2009 that left Rihanna bruised and bloodied. The story made headlines worldwide and rattled Brown's career trajectory; both stars hit the interview circuit, from Larry King (him) to Diane Sawyer (her). "There were control issues, insecurity," Rihanna said later. "When people are insecure they become very controlling and they can get very aggressive and in turn abusive." Brown compared their relationship to Romeo and Juliet, perhaps forgetting how that one ended.