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Originally posted 07/07/2013 09:15AM
When Chris Brown was growing up in Tappahannock, Va., he had one pair of sneakers that he could wear to school, and that was it until the next year.
Now, the singer, 24, is helping put shoes on the feet of the kids who need it most.
"I used to have to borrow my cousin's clothes," he told PEOPLE on Saturday at a Los Angeles event for his Unity Campaign, sponsored by Reebok.
"So being able to come from that poverty-stricken environment and then being able to get out of it is what I tried to [do]. ... I just want to show the kids and have them have a better light of opportunities for them to do what they need to do."
Originally posted 04/11/2013 11:30AM
Days after delivering a seemingly tortured onstage monologue about the pitfalls of love – which some took as a sign of trouble with Chris Brown – Rihanna posted a photo of herself cuddled up next to him Wednesday on Instagram.
In it, it looks like the on-again boyfriend is very much still on, as the couple snuggled together while driving in the Los Angeles sun.
Originally posted 04/09/2013 02:35PM
Is Rihanna once again dealing with a broken heart?
The subject certainly seemed to be on her mind Monday at a Staples Center concert in Los Angeles, as rumors of trouble with boyfriend Chris Brown have begun to circulate.
"How many of you are in love? How many of you hate love? How many of you don't f––ing understand it? I'm in that group," Rihanna said on stage, before singing "What Now," from her most recent album.
Originally posted 03/01/2013 07:00PM
Rihanna calls her relationship with Chris Brown more grown up and a "fresh start" after their rockier early years together – which ended in her now infamous 2009 beating that sent Brown to jail.
Acknowledging their relationship in an interview for April's Elle U.K. (on newsstands March 6), the Barbados-born music and style icon, says that in five years she hopes to have a baby and to be healthy and happy.
And, yes, that vision of her future seems to include Brown by her side.
Originally posted 02/10/2013 09:00PM
It was four years ago that Rihanna and Chris Brown failed to show up at the 2009 Grammy Awards after a notorious battery incident that earned Brown a conviction for felony assault.
The couple's relationship came full circle, in a way, on Sunday night: Despite arriving separately, the newly reconciled pair sat together to enjoy the 2013 Grammys.
Rihanna, 24, in a red Alia gown, and Brown, 23, in all-white suit, were spotted looking cozy in the audience. TV cameras spotted Brown's arm around Rihanna, and he was holding her hand.
Originally posted 02/07/2013 12:15PM
That's one way to stand by your man.
Rihanna attended boyfriend Chris Brown's court hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday – and later stepped out with him after a late night in the studio.
Brown, 23, was in court for possible probation report falsification involving the community service work he was required to do after domestically abusing Rihanna, 24, in 2009. Joined by Brown's mother, Joyce Hawkins, and two other women, Rihanna sat stoically as the judge discussed Brown's case.
Originally posted 02/02/2013 03:00PM
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Originally posted 01/30/2013 01:05PM
They've recorded new music together and have shared intimate photos online, but Rihanna hasn't fully opened up about her reconciliation with boyfriend Chris Brown – until now.
The pop star, 24, finally comes clean about why she decided to get back with the singer, 23, who was charged with assaulting her in 2009, in the latest Rolling Stone cover story.
"I decided it was more important for me to be happy and I wasn't going to let anybody's opinion get in the way of that," she tells the magazine, which has an excerpt of the story available here. (The issue is on newsstands nationwide Friday.)
Originally posted 10/11/2012 04:00PM
Love and relationship expert Patti Stanger is a best-selling author and the star of Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker. She'll be blogging regularly for PEOPLE.com about celebrity relationships. Get Patti's advice on all things love, sex, relationships, astrology, fashion, beauty, recipes and more on PattiKnows.com.
While the official word is that Chris Brown and Rihanna are just friends, some would say that paparazzi pictures point to a more-than-friends situation.
Are the two singers baby-stepping their way back together? It's not clear. But if they are headed for relationship round two, my advice is to keep things as private as possible.
Though most women would tell Rihanna to run for the hills, her heart may be pulling her in the other direction – and that's a powerful organ to ignore.
Originally posted 08/28/2012 06:00AM
Where do broken hearts go? To the club!
Rihanna spent Saturday night at Hollywood nightclub Playhouse, where the singer and other stars were on hand to celebrate the launch of Pink + Dolphin's flagship store.
During the evening, the "Where Have You Been" singer was stationed at her own VIP table across from ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. Brown sat with Christina Milian and Sean Kingston as Chief Keef performed.
Although Rihanna, who recently told Oprah she "still loves" Brown, was surrounded by friends, her mind seemed to be elsewhere. The 24-year-old slowly sipped drinks, while "pretending to dance and mingle," but kept her eyes on "all the fun Chris and Christina were having," a source tells PEOPLE.
Rob Kardashian later took a seat at Rihanna's table where he got a little flirty with her and shared a few laughs, says a source. But, "you could tell she really just wanted Chris to pay attention and talk to her, but he was totally ignoring her," the source adds.
– Jen Garcia
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