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Rihanna’s crowd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles last week erupted when Eminem surprised the audience by joining the singer on stage during her Live Nation concert tour.

The two sang their duet, “Love The Way You Lie,” about an abusive relationship.

After the show, Access Hollywood was exclusively backstage with Rihanna as she opened up about why she chose to be a part of the emotional song.

“It’s something that, you know, we’ve both experienced, you know, on different sides, different ends of the table,” Rihanna told Access of her reasons for taking part in the song.

“He pretty much just broke down the cycle of domestic violence and it’s something that people don’t have a lot of insight on,” Rihanna said of Eminem’s track.

Despite her own volatile relationship with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, Rihanna did not shy away from the chance to be a part of the explosive lyrics of Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie,” which includes the lyrics from the rapper, “I laid hands on her/I’ll never stoop so low again/I guess I don’t know my own strength” and Rihanna singing, “Just gonna stand there and watch me burn, but that’s alright because I like the way it hurts.”

“I knew if he sent me a record there must be something to it,” Rihanna explained of how she was brought on board. “It couldn’t just be, ‘Oh, Duh! She was in that relationship so we have to get her.’

“The lyrics were so deep, so beautiful and intense. It’s something that I understood, something I connected with,” Rihanna added.

VIDEO: Rihanna & Eminem Perform “Love The Way You Lie”

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