Rihanna and Chris Brown bonding in Barbados over New Year

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday November 30, 2012 – After months of denying that her rekindled relationship with old flame Chris “Breezy” Brown was headed toward a romantic reconciliation, Barbadian superstar Rihanna appears to have changed her tune, with reports surfacing this week that the pair will “ring out the old and ring in the new” in her home country at year-end. 

The “Diamonds” girl, who until recently was insisting that she and the American R&B singer were just good friends, is now said to be eager to show her family and friends how much the “Turn Up the Music” star has changed and has accordingly booked a five-star villa on the island for what has been described as a “bonding holiday”.

The “We Found Love” hitmaker has reportedly also made arrangements for 23-year-old Brown’s mother to join them so the two families can spend quality time together.

“The more the public criticises Rihanna for getting back with Chris, the more determined she is to do whatever she wants,” a source told The Sun newspaper.

“While no one else can understand it, she’s convinced that Chris is the love of her life and her soul mate and that they’re simply meant to be together.

“She’s booked him and his mum into a five-star villa in Barbados over New Year so they can all get some downtime with her family,” the source added.

Brown was convicted of assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna in February 2009, at a time when the two rising stars were considered to be one of the hottest young couples in show business. 

Now, despite widespread concern for her safety should she reconcile with her former abuser, the “Unapologetic” singer is said to be convinced that she has done the right thing in taking him back.

According to the source, “They’re unrepentant and they want to show the whole world that they’ve moved on from what happened in 2009.”

Brown attacked Rihanna in his car on the eve of the 2009 Grammy Awards and later admitted to hitting and choking her.

He was subsequently found guilty of assault and sentenced to six months community service and placed on probation for five years.

He has since been targeted by anti-domestic violence groups in several countries, and the announcement of his headline appearance in a Guyana concert slated for December 26 sparked public outrage. The gig has since been cancelled. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)