Rihanna said that her video for “We Found Love” would be about people in a “toxic” relationship and she wasn’t kidding. In the video, Rihanna and her co-star, Dudley O’Shaughnessey, play a couple who are addicted to drugs and to each other — they’re either drinking, smoking and drugging, or dancing, cuddling and having sex, or fighting with one another.
In fact, in one disturbing sequence, Rihanna and O’Shaughnessey get into a heated argument in a parked car, and he reaches for her face. No Rihanna fan can watch that and not think of what happened between her and Chris Brown in a parked car several years ago. In another sequence, O’Shaughnessey has Rihanna pinned on a bed, with her pants pulled halfway down, tattooing the word “Mine” on her butt. In the end, O’Shaughnessey is passed out on the floor, and Rihanna comes back, packs a bag, ignores his entreaties for her to stay, and walks out the door.
The drug-fueled movie Trainspotting may have been an inspiration for the clip — as in that film, the video begins with a voiceover by a British person, in this case a woman who may or may not be Rihanna. She says, “I saw you screaming when no one can hear. You always feel ashamed that someone could be that important…that without them, you feel like nothing. No one will ever understand how much it hurts. You feel hopeless, like nothing can save you. Then when it’s over, when it’s gone, you almost wish you could have all that bad stuff back, so that you can have the good.”