is no stranger to controversy, be it her sexually-charged songs, eccentric tattoos or dressing style. The pop singer recently made waves by releasing two songs via Twitter featuring her ex-boyfriend, rapper . The collaboration sparked fury among her fans, who took to Twitter and other social media websites to vent their anger.
The former couple made headlines in 2009 when Chris Brown, 22, assaulted Rihanna, 24, on the eve of the Grammy Awards. He was arrested after she reported to the police with a split lip, a black eye and other injuries. The rapper is currently on probation on count of domestic abuse.
But nearly three years to the day, the pair is back together again, at least for a musical gig.
The former power couple, who kept posting messages on Twitter alluding to a duet, hit the studio last week to record parts on each other's songs, which were released late Monday. One song was a remix version of Rihanna's "Birthday Cake", featuring Chris Brown in which the latter sings, "Girl, I wanna f--- you right now. Been a long time/I've been missing your body."
“Remember how you did it, if you still wanna kiss it, then come and get it," sings Rihanna.
As for the second song, the songstress sings on a new version of Brown’s upbeat tune "Turn up the Music” in which she suggest a rather revealing message, singing, "I love you, baby.”
Rihanna and Chris Brown’s collaboration was the hot topic for internet users late Monday and Tuesday with many fans criticizing the former for embracing her abuser.
Bill Werde, editorial director of the music trade publication Billboard, said in a statement that Rihanna's decision to work together with Chris Brown could disappoint some of her supporters.
"I think there are people out there that feel betrayed (by) Rihanna," he said. "She has every right to be an individual ... she has every right to date who she wants to date and be with whoever she wants to be with. She's a grown woman. But you just need to recognize that then the fans have every right to feel how they're going to feel about that."
Even before the songs were officially released, Billboard addressed the matter in open letters to Rihanna and Brown. Billboard warned Rihanna in the letter that her pairing with Brown was "not cool, to a whole lot of people."
When rumors about his collaboration with Rihanna surfaced last week, Chris Brown took to Twitter to say, "Let them be mad!!!! We make music. Don't like it, don't listen!"
Again, on Tuesday, he tweeted, "You are not GODS to judge us. U have no say! Positivity & LOVE! My fans make a difference."
Meanwhile, neither Rihanna nor Brown’s representative has commented on the controversy.