Three years after Chris Brown was arrested for assaulting Rihanna and sentenced to five years of probation, the two reunited to record a remix of Rihanna's "Birthday Cake," a track from her latest album, Talk That Talk, The Guardian reports. The duet was released on Rihanna's birthday, February 20, along with a remix of Chris Brown's "Turn Up the Music," this time featuring Rihanna's vocals.
Both Chris and Rihanna posted links to their respective songs on Twitter. Chris also greeted Rihanna on her birthday in a Tweet, which the female singer re-Tweeted and replied to with a message of thanks.
The duo's collaborations have been getting both flak and support online with fans praising them for having moved on and naysayers wondering how Rihanna could work with Chris after previously having said that staying with him would send the wrong message to her female fans, CTV News reports.
In a previous interview with Diane Sawyer, Rihanna said, "When I realized that my selfish decision for love could result in some young girl getting killed, I could not be easy with that part. I couldn't be held responsible for telling them, 'Go back.' Even if Chris never hit me again, who's to say that their boyfriend won't? Who's to say that they won't kill these girls? These are young girls. I just didn't realize what an impact I had on these young girls' lives until that happened."
The sexual lyrics of "Birthday Cake" are also fueling rumors that the two could be working toward rekindling their romance. TMZ.com previously reported that Chris even made an appearance at Rihanna's birthday party on February 20.
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