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Rihanna & Chris Brown

Together ... Or Not

3/11/2009 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Together or Not
Sources connected with Rihanna and Chris Brown tell us there's friction in the two camps -- over whether Rihanna and Brown should be seen in public together.

Rihanna's people are on high alert to make sure no one gets a photo of the alleged victim and the alleged felon together. They believe at this point it would be "extremely damaging" to her career. That may explain why we got video a few hours ago of Rihanna leaving a club at 4:00 AM without Brown.

On the other hand, Brown's peeps want nothing more than the shot showing that they're tight.

And then there's this ... a number of people who interact with Rihanna both personally and professionally want her to cut Brown out of her life for good. They resent him and are outraged at what he did.

Relationships are complicated.

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31.

elle    

Can you say "Tina Turner" wannabe? She is no Tina ! Just another way to stay relevant in pop culture...and people are still dumb enough to continue supporting them by purchasing their merchandise...sad,,,very sad.

1966 days ago
32.

pattijen    

This shouldn't be complicated at all. Rihanna should have enough self respect to totally end things with Chris Brown after what he did to her. It's as simple as that. As for both their careers, well Chris Brown's is over, that's a definite. No one will ever be able to listen to his disgusting voice in a song singing about love and all that without thinking about him hitting Rihanna. As for her, if she does break things off with him, her career would soar. She would be admired for her strength and everyone would be rooting for her. But if the rumors are true that she's back together with him, her career will be at the bottom of the dumpster, right next to his.

1966 days ago
33.

Angel    

Pulessee. What a non - story.

1966 days ago
34.

'nuf said...already    

People get real. This was just a publicity stunt. If he had beaten her like they say. Where is the swelling and bruising. Someone chokes you within a inch of your life (while driving down the road... boy you got skills) There would be bruising. They have pictures of her two days after the alleged beating at the airport and you see none of the above. No busted lip, no black eye, no scarf around the neck to hide bruising ...nothing nada. Maybelline is good, but no makeup is going to coverup a beat down. They both should be charged with filing a false police report.

1966 days ago
35.

simran    

The only "camp" that is insisting and perpetuating anything is TMZ. This ain't Watergate, name ur damn sources!!!

1966 days ago
36.

Fay    

When John Mayer dumped Jennifer Aniston behind and told the world, they started using pr tricks to give the impression they are still together. That pr move seems to be OK with TMZ who supports Mayer fake relationship with Aniston. They are probably doing the same thing here.

1966 days ago
37.

tmz_fan    

Rihanna best be careful what she doesn't do -- like being photograph with her pimp (Chris Brown) or she'll get the back of his hand! LOL Dumb hiefer.

1966 days ago
38.

PR    

It's funny how both sides in the Rihanna/Chris Brown debacle are sooo very concerned about the 2 of them being seen together because it may not be good for Rihanna's career to be seen with the man who beat her up. No sh**t Sherlock. Isn't the main point not to save her career but to save herself from being abused again? That seems to be lost in the conversation and all that's important is that their careers stay on track and to hell with justice and to hell with being an example for other abused women who should also dump the men who beat them. The bottom line is money. I hope there is backlash against Rihanna for this as well.

1966 days ago
39.

pat    

Here's how the phone call went...

Hello Riri. I'm really sorry for beating the hell out of you, blah blah blah

I have an idea. Let's milk this for all it's worth. People will eat it right up. It'll be good for you and it'll be good for me.

All we have to do is pretend to see each other and have the paps follow us.

Here's another idea. Why don't we make a record together?



Is anyone getting the idea this is so contrived? Each one seems to be using the other.

As for me, I'm done with these clowns.

1966 days ago
40.

Fay    

I agree with #34 Amy. I don't agree with what happened but if they decide to get help and work things out that's their business and no one should interfere. TMZ just want to keep it rolling for money in their pocket.

1966 days ago
41.

Kat    

Stupid girl. Surely you can't be that stupid. I thought you were a strong, independent woman. I was wrong. Get some help. No one wants to see you end up like Nicole Brown Simpson. For Gods sakes, WAKE UP!!!! THere needs to be a family/friend intervention right now!

1966 days ago
42.

ms.brooks22    

We dont REALLY know what happened. I mean, we weren't there to see it for ourselves. But if he did beat her, thats her business. We dont have to live a life for her and if thats the type of guy she likes then let him beat her somemore. No one can choose who you love or who your with and if Chris Brown is her choice so be it!

1966 days ago
43.

Michael Madsen    

Anyone who invests one penny more into either one of these two should be arrested and charged with Intelligence Assault.

1966 days ago
44.

TEXAS_AGGIES03    

Donald Trump said it best, "if she goes back to him, she is a LOSER!" i agree. hit me once shame on you, hit me twice shame on me...

1966 days ago
45.

GGG    

BROWN NEEDS TO GO DOWN. RIHANNA, PLEASE OPEN YOUR EYES TO YOUR FUTURE AND THE ABSOLUTE FACT THAT BROWN WILL ABUSE YOU AGAIN. I SURELY HOPE THE LAW IS ABOVE THIS SO CALLED ACT OF RECONCILIATION BETWEEN THE TWO AND NAIL BROWNS ASS AND SEND HIM TO JAIL.

1966 days ago
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