After seven years of catastrophe in the making, we have compiled a timeline of Chris Brown and Rihanna's relationship. Take a stroll down memory lane with the Millennial generation's most volatile couple. Everyone acts supremely awkward and looks exceptionally young. The Light Chilling Phase There's not a whole lot of photo documentation of them together in , but evidence from the Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards confirms that they are definitely hanging out. Or at the very least, Chris and Riri have been flirting like crazy.
Chris turns 18 this year and Rihanna attends the massive celebration. The week of the Kids Choice Awards, Rihanna stresses that theirs is more of a familial relationship , telling MTV News that "We are best friends, honestly, like brother and sister. In June, Chris Brown will finally admit they are taking their relationship to the next level.
Says Brown, "Our relationship is growing. We started off as friends and we're getting a little bit closer now. After attending a pre-Grammy party honoring Clive Davis, they argue over a series of allegedly sexual text messages sent to Brown by his manager Tina Davis.
While initial reports of what transpired are vague, TMZ releases photographs of the brutally battered pop princess. Soon after full transcripts of the police report are released to the public.
At this point, the twosome splits up: Rihanna recovers in Barbados with close friends while Brown—who is charged with felony assault and felony criminal threats—posts bail and retreats to his mother's home in Virgina. In late February, Brown and Rihanna reunite at Diddy's Miami mansion to try to work things out, but the horrendous events prove insurmountable and reports have them separated again as early as mid-March.
Brown eventually strikes a plea deal and receives no jail time, but the court of public opinion has already taken sides, deeming him kryptonite for previous sponsors. Adding insult to injury, nude photos of the songstress find their way online in May.
While many fingers wag in Brown's direction, he adamantly denies any involvement with the leak Click here for NSFW photos.
While on Larry King in August , Brown admits that he still loves Rihanna which doesn't matter because he's been ordered by the courts to stay away from her. He claims that he "has no recollection of what happened on February 8th in a rented Lamborghini. Image via TMZ While talking to MTV in , she admits: Drake, for his part, pens some emotional lyrics and admits that he felt played by the pop singer.
The best thing that comes out of their romance is the summer anthem "What's My Name" and corresponding music video. While Rihanna is linked to an army of male suitors this year, it is her fling with Drake and blossoming relationship with LA Dodger Matt Kemp that have the most traction.
In Elle, she talks about Matt Kemp as if he's a breath of fresh air, clearing out the stench from the year prior: I feel really comfortable, and it's so easy. I have such a chaotic life, but at the end of the day, that is just my peace. It keeps me sane, really, talking to him and talking to my family. Getty via YouTube The Passive Aggressive and Sexually Suggestive Twitter Phase At this point, some time has passed since and Rihanna agrees to have the restraining order lifted.
Chris Brown no longer has to stay away from her so long as he doesn't, "harass, annoy or molest" the singer. He does, however, manage to harass, annoy, and molest Robin Roberts and the hair and make-up staff of "Good Morning America" by having an explosive tantrum when asked questions pertaining to "the incident" during the interview questions he'd pre-approved.
Brown is heard screaming so loud by the hair and make-up staff that they call security in time to find a shattered window in the dressing room and a shirtless Brown storming out of the building. Meanwhile, the ex-couple seems to be having an entirely separate and equally sordid cyber relationship via Twitter. First, they shake up the blogosphere when they start following each other in May. In June, Chris sends what was obviously meant to be a private message to Rihanna, then instantly deletes the public tweet asking if she'd received a private picture he'd sent her.
While the sexual subtext was strong, there was no mistaking Chris' anger in November after being confronted by followers: Brown promptly deletes the evidence, and his entire account, only to resurface in December when the duo reportedly exchange a series of "love tweets. Most of us don't want to see them reunited, and would prefer it if they both moved on. But we're rarely that lucky. Sources say they've been hooking up for well over a year, even though Brown has been going steady with model-girlfriend Karrueche Tran.
On Rihanna's birthday, February 20th, they drop remixes of each other's tracks and pave the way for collaborations in the future. Rihanna also calls a Twitter fan ugly for dissing her collaboration with Brown, inciting more internet drama, confused gossip blogs report the pop queen is coming to the defense of her "ex- and possibly current boyfriend Chris Brown.
Rihanna posts a picture of a dressed up rice cake with the caption "Ima make U my bitch" possibly a veiled and totally racist reference to Tran's Vietnamese descent. Tran responds with a catty Nicki Minaj lyric of her own on facebook: C'mon, you see where Brad at! The dust-up allegedly starts after Brown sends a champagne peace-offering to Drake, who returns the bottle with a note that reads, "I'm fucking the love of your life.
Stitches were reportedly needed last night after someone in Drake's camp — possibly Drizzy… Neither rapper is charged in the incident, and rapper Meek Mill's birds-eye view claims to absolve both of any wrong-doing: The whole open-ended saga is exactly the kind of Schadenfreude love story we've come to expect from Hollywood, and will keep this duo in the tabloids for years to come.