Chris Brown and Rihanna spent Christmas together at a Laker's game

The on-again-off-again couple are showing public affection for the first time in years

By Prachi Gupta
December 27, 2012 2:30AM (UTC)
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TMZ reports that Rihanna and Chris Brown are back together -- or at least look like they are. The two singers were seen cuddling at yesterday's Lakers/Knicks game for the first time in years, and left holding hands.

The relationship ended in 2009 after Brown physically assaulted Rihanna -- but as the media knows, it never really ended. Rihanna forgave the abusive Brown earlier this year, saying: "I felt like the only person they hate right now is him. It was a weird confusing space to be in, because as angry, hurt and betrayed as I was, I just felt like he made that mistake because he needed help. And who’s going to help him? Nobody’s going to say he needs help, everyone’s going to say he’s a monster without looking at the source. I was more concerned about him."

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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