The rumor mill is on high that Rihanna has been in telephone contact with her ex-partner in crime Chris Brown, it has been claimed.

The two singers had reportedly not been in touch since Brown was sentenced to 180 days of community labor and five years of probation for assaulting her before last year’s Grammy Awards. But from what we heard, Rihanna felt sorry for Brown after his emotional break down at the 2010 annual BET Awards. RiRi thought she could reach out to him and be friends.

“Seeing how emotional he was on set [at the BET Awards] really touched her. She’d never seen him like that before,” a source said.

“Chris told her that he felt like he’s grown up in the past year. He’s said he’s so happy to be back in touch with her,” they added.

The pair have reportedly text messaged one another since their telephone conversation, with a friend of Rihanna’s suggesting that she is keen for a face-to-face meeting. But not so fast RiRi because under the terms of his probation, Brown must stay at least 100 yards away from Rihanna for five years from last August’s sentencing date.

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