After her inflammatory statements against domestic abuse went public a few weeks ago, many speculated that Rihanna had terminated social media celebrity Ari Fletcher as a Savage X Fenty brand ambassador.
Ari spoke on a podcast in late December, when she discussed her connection with rapper MoneyBagg Yo. She said throughout the talk that if she tried to leave him, she wanted him to “pull a pistol on her” to show her how much he loved her. “Like, pull out your pistol and show me like, ‘B*tch leave,'” she says. She joked, “I hope you’d just walk out the door.” “I’m simply going to sit down because I have a son, and I’m not trying to die. So I’m just remaining because I have a son and don’t want you to shoot him,” she explained.
Take a look at her remarks below.
After Ari’s words went viral, social media was quick to attack her, defending domestic abuse victims and chastising her for making such insensitive remarks. And the response came not just from music enthusiasts, but also from advocates for domestic violence victims. Instead of apologizing, Ari resorted to the internet to reiterate her remark, advising the social media trolls to mind their own business and keep out of her love life. Even going live on Instagram to tell victims “we don’t care.”
Fast forward to this weekend, and it appears that Rihanna has taken action against the social media star, removing all references to Ari from the Savage X Fenty website, leading fans to speculate that the personality has lost her brand partnership deal with the brand as a result of the controversial statements.