By Sarah Bull and Mike Larkin
She sparked rumours that she had rekindled her relationship with Chris Brown after she called him the love of her life in a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey.
And at last night's MTV VMA awards, Rihanna appeared to finally confirm the rumours are true.
As she exited the stage at the star-studded event after collecting her Video Of The Year award, Rihanna, 24, was stopped by former boyfriend Chris as he congratulated her.
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More than friends? Rihanna and Chris Brown were seen sharing a kiss at the MTV VMA awards, as Rihanna exited the stage after collecting her award for Video Of The Year
The pair were seen kissing on the lips, before hugging tenderly, with Chris' arm looking slightly proprietorial around Rihanna's waist.
The images of Rihanna and Chris, 23, are sure to spark rumours among the singers' fans that the pair have decided to give their relationship another go.
And quite what Chris's girlfriend Karreuche Tran will think is another matter.
Still close: Chris held onto Rihanna's waist as she stood talking to singer Akon
Rihanna and Chris' tender display comes after she admitted to Oprah that she still considers Chris to be the 'love of her life', despite the fact that she took a restraining order out against the singer after he was charged with assault after hitting Rihanna at a pre-Grammy party in 2009.
His vicious assault, which led to her being hospitalised, led to him receiving five years of probation as a result.
Cuddling up: Rihanna looked thrilled to be congratulated after her win by Chris, who put his arm around the singer's waist as they hugged
Cheeky chappy! Rihanna was also seen patting Chris on the head as she made her way back to her seat
But Rihanna told Oprah that since the restraining order was dropped in February 2011, the pair have been working on their friendship.
She said: 'I think he is the love of my life. He was my first love. Now we're very close friends. And that's not anything we're going to try to change.
'It's awkward because I still love him. My stomach drops and I have to maintain this poker face and not let it get to the outer part of me. I have to maintain it and suppress it. When you don't understand those feelings you can make a lot of mistakes.'
At the time of making the comments, Rihanna was single while Chris has been dating model Karrueche Tran.
Victory: Rihanna won the prestigious Video Of The Year prize for We Found Love
What's so funny? Rihanna shared a joke with host Kevin Hart as she made her way onto the stage
All white on the night: Rihanna showed off her new super-short hairdo and her toned figure in a backless white dress
Best of pals: Rihanna posed with Nicki Minaj and best friend Katy Perry in the front row
Girly time: Rihanna and Katy cuddled up in the front row as the awards took place
At last night's VMAs, Rihanna and Chris both took home awards, with Rihanna being named Video of the Year for We Found Love, and Chris winning Best Male Video and Best Choreography for Turn Up The Music.
Chris' win is likely to please the singer even more as he was up against rival Drake for the prize.
The RnB singer seemed more than a little delighted to have scored his victory following his infamous brawl with Drake in a New York nightclub in June.
Sssssssexy: For her performance later in the evening, Rihanna arrived on the stage in a giant snake head
Lady in red: Rihanna wore a pair of tight shiny red trousers, with a sheer top and turban-style headscarf
Belting it out: Rihanna performed her latest track Cockiness (Love It) with rapper A$AP Rocky
When he took to the stage he said: 'First and foremost, I want to thank Team Breezy, Riveting Entertainment because this is my first time actually being able to direct a video by myself.'
However, Drake did not walk away empty handed after losing out on the big award for Take Care. Instead, he won the lightly regarded Best Hip-Hop Video award instead.
Meanwhile, the show's host Kevin Hart made light of Drake and Chris's brawl at the W.i.P club that left eight people injured, including San Antonio Spurs player Tony Parker, who later said he nearly lost his left eye.
VMA smackdown! Chris got revenge on old rival Drake by beating him to best male video award
Moving on: But Drake did not walk off empty handed after scooping best hip hop video
He said: 'Right now you guys are arguing over a mistake. You're arguing over a thrown bottle in the club.
'Drake is from Canada. Drake loves to recycle. Drake thought there was a recycle bin in Chris's section.'
The cameras showed 25-year-old Drake laughing heartily at the quips.
However, he may not be laughing for long, as he and Brown have been hit with a $16m lawsuit over the incident by the clubs owners, who lost their licence following the melee.
Gentleman? Chris helped Demi Lovato after accepting his award from the X Factor judge and Rita Ora
Famous friends: Chris accepted his award from Rita Ora, who looked chic in a black and white feathered dress
Front row fashion: Chris looked smart in a shiny grey suit as he sat in the front row at the awards