Rihanna and Chris Brown appear to be on a collision course that could see them reunite as a couple before the end of the year, according to new reports. Her career would take the first hit.
Earlier this year, the duo raised eyebrows when Rihanna appeared on Brown’s remix of “Turn Up the Music,” and Brown was featured on an extended version of Rihanna’s song “Birthday Cake.”
The move touched off a rash of speculation they had reconciled and could be getting back together. The two have been keeping their distance since then in public, but are “seeing a lot of each other in private,” a source told The New York Post’s Page Six.
One of the clearest signs yet that all has been forgiven over Brown’s 2009 assault of his then-girlfriend was the R&B singer’s appearance at Jay-Z’s club 40/40 over the weekend with Rihanna, her family members and the music mogul himself.
Rihanna is on Jay-Z’s record label and at the time of the beating he was said to be furious with Brown for beating up his artist.
Brown and Rihanna have shown up at the same clubs twice in the past two weeks, They did not talk or commingle on each occasion. There have been reports of tension as well.
Rihanna unfollowed Brown on Twitter early last month after he posted a remix of Kanye West’s “Theraflu” in which he seemed to diss her. He later denied the song was about her.
The Barbadian singer has also been dogged by reports that she is partying almost every night to the point of exhaustion. According to reports, Jay-Z wants her in rehab before something drastic happens.
Rihanna canceled a scheduled work trip to the UK last week, after allegedly missing her flight. Some reports claimed she was ill.
“She was supposed to catch a flight back to the UK last week, but she ended up missing it, which was the final straw for management,” a source told Closer magazine.
‘Jay-Z hit the roof when he found out, and told Rihanna, ‘Go to rehab now or I’ll drop you from the label.’ She’s not happy, but she now feels she has no choice.”
That doesn’t sound too likely given her popularity. But The Post reports that her management may hold off on another album this year if she gets back with Brown. They fear the backlash will kill sales.
Rihanna suggested they weren’t dating during an interview with the UK Edition of Esquire magazine. “If I ever do, then that’s something that y’all have to talk to me about when – if – that ever happens,” she said.
Brown has been dating model Karrueche Tran and a rep insists he is just friends with Rihanna.