“Love the Way You Lie” is a song recorded by the American rapper Eminem, featuring Barbadian singer Rihanna, from Eminem’s seventh studio album Recovery (2010).
The singer and songwriter Skylar Grey wrote and recorded a demo of the song alongside the producer Alex da Kid when she felt she was in an abusive romantic relationship with the music industry.
Eminem wrote the verses and chose Rihanna to sing the chorus, resulting in a collaboration influenced by their past experiences in difficult relationships.
Recording sessions were held in Ferndale, Michigan, and Dublin, Ireland.
Backed by guitar, piano and violin, the track is a midtempo hip-hop ballad with a pop refrain, sung by Rihanna, and describes two lovers who refuse to separate despite being in a dangerous love–hate relationship.
Interscope Records released the song in June 2010 as the second single from Recovery.
Critics praised its melody but were divided on thematic aspects such as poignancy and accuracy.
Eminem promoted the single with performances at the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards and festivals.
The music video, directed by Joseph Kahn, stars Dominic Monaghan and Megan Fox in a violent relationship and shows Eminem and Rihanna in front of a burning house.
The clip had a mixed reception due to scenes of domestic violence.
Reporters suggested that the song and its accompanying video were influenced by Eminem’s and Rihanna’s relationships with their respective ex-lovers Kimberly Scott and Chris Brown.
Critics listed “Love the Way You Lie” among the best tracks of 2010 and of Eminem’s career.
The song won many awards and received five Grammy nominations. It is Eminem’s best-selling single and ranked number one on several record charts, including the United States’ Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks.
The single sold six million copies in the US and one million in the UK. Musical acts such as Cher Lloyd and The Band Perry have performed cover versions.
Rihanna has said that the theme of domestic violence, a topic on which she claims many people do not have insight, is what makes the song effective. She later recorded “Love the Way You Lie (Part II)”, narrated mostly from her perspective.