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Naked Rihanna sings the bathtime blues

RIHANNA strips naked and soaks in the bath in the emotionally charged video for her new single Stay.

She is seen taking off her clothes before submerging herself into the tub, then in a series of close-up shots the 24-year-old singer lays in the blue-tinged water as gripping emotions pass across her face.

The footage then shows her staying immersed in her thoughts as the duet with Mikky Ekko washes over her.

The Bajan beauty sports her latest lop-sided hairdo – with shaved hair one side – and shows off her tattoos as she turns in the over-sized white bath.

The stripped down video sees her give a raw tear-jerking performance with no make-up and no special effects to compliment the deep meaning behind the track.

Rihanna strips naked in Stay video

In the raw … Rihanna

The promo has been released in two versions – one where Mikky Ekko also appears sat in the same bathroom and another uncut version which was shot all in one take and just focuses on Rihanna’s face as she struggles to maintain her composure whilst dwelling on her thoughts.

The star tweeted links to both of the videos and her fans instantly flooded her with compliments.

One posted: “This video is everything! Simple but emotional.”

Rihanna naked in Stay video

Bathing beauty … Rihanna

Another said: “Rihanna’s ‘Stay’ video might looked simple but it’s also very touching. It really sends out a deep powerful message as well.”

Rihanna has recently rekindled her romance with R&B star Chris Brown – who was convicted of assault after battering her four years ago.

The couple appear in a delicate embrace on the cover of the single as she is seen nuzzling her face in to his neck.

The touching lyrics in the track are thought to relate to her feelings for 23-year-old Chris.

Rihanna in Stay video

Emotional … Rihanna

They include “Round and around and around and around we go, not really sure how to feel about it, something in the way you move, makes me feel like I can’t live without you, it takes me all the way, I want you to stay.”

This weekend Chris and Rihanna appeared together at the Grammys – the event they were due to attend when he assaulted her in the car in 2009.

Following her hanuting rendition of the song at the awards bash Chris looked filled with emotion as he stood and proudly applauded her performance.

In the Q&A session she admitted that she had to give their relationship a second chance because she “decided it was more important for me to be happy.”

She said: “I wasn’t going to let anybody’s opinion get in the way. Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake. After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I’d rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it.”

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