Rihanna Struggles With Addictive, Toxic Relationship in ‘We Found Love’ Video

Photo: Rhanna in "We Found Love" (Island Def Jam)

Rihanna’s video for “We Found Love” is a dark and provocative take on falling for someone so hard, you can’t help but stick around through thick and thin, just to feel the goodness it brings. It’s a visually-appealing whirlwind of emotions and feelings, flashing between passionate lip-locks and bed scenes to front car seat fights and vomit-streamer-inducing debauchery. Watch the video after the jump:

In an interview with MTV News, the video’s director and longtime Rihanna collaborator, Melina Matsoukas, described the video as a warning about the dangers of being dependent on not only drugs, but love:

“In the end, it’s not really at all about domestic violence. It’s really just about it being toxic, and they’re on this drug trip and that definitely plays a part, but I think it’s also about being triumphant over those weaknesses, and she leaves him. It’s not trying to glorify that type of relationship. The bad parts of it, that’s what you don’t want. In the end, her leaving, it represents her getting that out of her life. The drugs and the addiction and the toxic — that’s what brings her downfall and brings a lot of harm … We’ve all lived the ups and downs of being in a toxic relationship. It’s really about the obstacles of trying to let it go, but at the same time how great it makes you feel, so it’s hard to let it go.”

Melina, who has also directed videos for Beyonce, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and J.Lo, also told MTV news that the video is not depicting Rihanna’s personal life. “It’s not Rihanna’s story; it’s her story in the video, and she’s acting….Obviously, there’s a lot of comparisons to her real life, and that’s not at all the intention,” she said. “It’s based on my life; it’s based on her life; it’s based on your life, like, everybody.”

Are you dealing with a toxic relationship and need help? You’re not alone–millions of people deal with dating and/or substance abuse each year. We’ve gathered some resources to help you, like Rihanna, close the door behind you.

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Photo: Screenshots from Rihanna's "We Found Love" (Island Def Jam)

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Photo: Screenshots from Rihanna's "We Found Love" (Island Def Jam)

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