Celebrity PR Highlight: Chris Brown & Rihanna

rihanna-domestic-abuseWe all remember the February 2009 felony assault story of Chris Brown and Rihanna.

The accusations of domestic abuse between the couple, and the photos of a battered Rihanna generated a massive amount of criticism and induced outrage in celebrities, fans, and the media—placing the pair under international scrutin.

Now that the two have decided to make amends and resume an intimate relationship, many fans have taken to social media to share their opinion of the couple, but according to the singers’ latest duet, “it ain’t nobody’s business.”

On August 19, 2012, Rihanna appeared on Oprah’s Next Chapter and revealed that, despite the anger and embarrassment of being assaulted by her then-boyfriend Chris Brown, she felt protective of him throughout his arrest and the period of ridicule that followed.

At the time of the interview, rumors were already circling that Rihanna and Chris Brown’s relationship had become intimate even though he was in a relationship with Karrueche Tran, an American model who had been dating the rapper since 2010.

Rihanna’s interview with Oprah caused a stir with her admission that the two had been working on rebuilding trust and redeveloping their friendship. The Pop singer admitted that when she sees Chris Brown, “it’s awkward” and that it was difficult to suppress her feelings of love for him because he was “the love of her life.”

According to ABC News, Chris Brown mentioned that “he and Rihanna were working on their friendship” during a November interview with Power 106 radio host Big Boy. Brown went on to say that, “As far as our personal life, I think people just got to give it a chance—or not even give it a chance, but shut the hell up.”

rihanna chris brown instagramNow, with the release of Rihanna’s new album Unapologetic and the song “Nobody’s Business” featuring Chris Brown, they have taken their renewed relationship out of the dark realm of rumor and gossip by thrusting it directly in everyone’s faces. Photos of the pair in public places (and gossip about the things they do while there) are quickly accompanied by photos on the singers’ Twitter and Instagram accounts that confirm what everyone thought—they are back together!

The photo featured in this blog article was posted to Rihanna’s badgalriri Instagram account on November 29, 2012 with the caption, “@fuckyopictures i dont wanna leave!!! Killed it tonight baby!!!”

The photo, which mentions Chris Brown’s Instagram user name and features Rihanna straddling what appears to be Chris Brown’s lap, sparked more than 32,000 comments and 335,000 ♥s on Instagram. It was also retweeted by @Rihanna Twitter followers more than 17,300 times, which only increased the original 27 million impressions.

The duo may be telling the world that “it ain’t nobody’s business,” but they sure do seem to be sharing plenty of public displays of affection (PDA) in both the physical and digital realm. Intimate photos of the two in bed or wrapped around each other have been shared by both Rihanna and Chris Brown throughout December, and the fact that they spent Christmas cuddled up at a Lakers game only confirms that they are back together. But what of Karrueche, the young model who put in two years of work with a damaged Chris Brown despite his pleading guilty to assault and battery?

Many speculate that Chris Brown is not just in a relationship with Rihanna, but that he is also involved with Karrueche, despite previously stating that they broke up so “she wouldn’t be hurt by his relationship with Rihanna.”

Over the holidays, Karrueche took to Twitter, sharing a very suggestive photo of her in sexy lingerie with the message, “Merry Christmas baby.” Many question whether or not Tran is attempting to entice Chris Brown back to her side, or talking to someone else entirely.

Although this crazy love triangle is on the radar of every entertainment news reporter and gossip blog, Tran seems to be talked about very sparingly. The only news and gossip sites that are discussing Tran/Brown are sites like Hollywood Life and the grocery store tabloids. Aside from the occasional mention, it seems as though she is out of the picture entirely and that Chris Brown and Rihanna’s star-crossed love affair is back on.

Do you think the intensity of their love from 2009 will return, or did assault and battery stomp out that dangerous flame? Leave a comment below sharing your view.

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Yasheaka Oakley Owens

Yasheaka Oakley Owens is the owner of YOakleyPR, a woman-owned small business that provides public relations, social media, and online marketing support services to small businesses and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware.

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