Rihanna’s video for “Stay” is here!
The video premiere on E! Monday night. Most headlines to come out of the unveiling include such phrases as “steamy” and “strips down.”
“Stay” features Rihanna alone in a bathtub, cooing the sounds of a bad break-up, as she stares helplessly into space.
The mood and pace of the video is consistent with the somber message of the song’s lyrics. Verses like “round and around and around and around we go” and “funny you're the broken one but I'm the only one who needed saving” paint the picture of a broken romance. The on-again/off-again relationship status with Chris Brown adds a stinging new layer to the track.
Rihanna gave an equally affecting performance of “Stay” during Sunday’s Grammys.
Mikky Ekko, who is featured on the track, plays the part of Rihanna’s other half in the video, singing his lines in a separate and isolated place. The editing adds vulnerability—the two singers wail back-and-forth to each other throughout.
The song is the latest single from her new album Unapologetic.
Watch Rihanna’s “Stay” right here.