If a series of reports that broke on Friday night are true,
Just before 8 p.m. ET on Friday, People.com published a story citing an unidentified source as saying of Brown and Rihanna, "They're together again. They care for each other. While Chris is reflective and saddened about what happened, he is really happy to be with the woman he loves."
Approximately two hours later, UsMagazine.com cited a "Rihanna pal" as confirming the reunion and saying, "She's not listening to anyone. And of course Puff [Diddy] got involved in this."
The site also reported the pal as saying that Brown has been seen "smiling, riding a jet-ski, and flexing his arm muscles," and that Rihanna arrived four days ago. (Over the weekend, photos surfaced of a grinning Brown stunting on a jet-ski and hanging with friends, which were reportedly taken over the past couple of days.)
Not an hour later on Friday, Us quoted Rihanna's father, Ronald Fenty, as saying, "I love my daughter with whatever road she takes. I'm behind her win or lose. I will be supportive. If that's the road she wants to choose, I'm behind her. I hope to see her soon. I talked to her after her birthday, and she told me she's OK." Fenty had spoken with both magazines earlier this month, and told People that he hoped Rihanna would "stand up for women all over the world" and added of Brown, "You think you know somebody, but you really don't."
At press time, reps for Chris Brown, Rihanna and Diddy had not responded to MTV News' requests for comment on the reunion reports.
Friday's news comes less than three weeks after the couple's alleged altercation early on February 8, which caused both to miss scheduled appearances at the Grammy Awards.
In recent days, many media outlets have reported that the couple have been in contact, citing unidentified sources. Rihanna issued a statement last Friday saying that she "remains strong [and] is doing well." Brown issued a statement the week before saying he's "sorry and saddened ... over what transpired."
[This story was originally published at 12:38 am E.T. on 2.28.2009]