Ne-Yo tells MTV News he was grief-stricken after viewing the recently leaked photo of Rihanna shortly after her alleged assault by the hands of boyfriend Chris Brown. “I saw the picture,” he said solemnly. “That just really — that hurt me to my heart, man. Again, I still don’t know what happened, ’cause I haven’t had the opportunity to talk to Chris yet. But to take it to that level really hurt my heart. All I can say is, I’m praying for both of them. They’re both in my prayers. I haven’t had a chance to talk to Chris yet. I just wanna sit down and talk to that dude and just explain if he doesn’t understand: ‘That’s not something that’s excusable, bruh. You have to get a little smarter about whatever it is going on in your relationship. You have to get a little smarter about how you handle certain situations.'”
Ne-Yo added that he’s been in contact with Rihanna since the incident. “I spoke to Rihanna,” he said. “She says she’s fine. She didn’t go into detail about what happened. I understand it’s a painful situation; I didn’t push.”
Watch his comments below.