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New issue of Us Weekly: Rihanna, Chris Brown, Bobbi Kristina Brown

Published February 23, 2012 12:40 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

The new issue of Us Weekly features an editorial that looks at how Rihanna just can't let go of Chris Brown.

According to an excerpt of the story provided to The Tribune: Of the 100 people gathered to ring in Rihanna's 24th birthday at a Beverly Hills mansion the day before Valentine's Day, only one stood out: her abusive ex-boyfriend, Chris Brown. "Rihanna and Chris were very much together," says one witness, noting the two arrived together at 1 a.m. As the partygoers dug into a cake the shape of Rihanna straddling a huge spliff, the "We Found Love" singer and Brown, 22, remained by each other's side. "He was touching her butt, rubbing her arm, and they kept dancing with each other," the source reveals. "They seemed like a couple to everyone." And although Brown asked guests to sign a confidentiality agreement because he was so worried about his girlfriend, model Karrueche Tran, 23, learning he was there, he kept his gaze on Rihanna until past 4 a.m. Says the witness, "At one point, he went up to La La Anthony and said, 'Isn't [Rihanna] beautiful?' Brown is now biding his time until the next rendezvous. "He will always love Rihanna. If she were like, 'I want you back,' he'd drop Karrueche in a heartbeat," says a Brown source. But Rihanna enjoys controlling the current arrangement. "She likes the loose nature of it and she doesn't want a boyfriend," says the friend. "This is dangerous, and she likes playing with fire." Also in the new issue of Us Weekly is a story about how Bobbi Kristina Brown's problems are "out of control." An excerpt: As the only child of the late Whitney Houston and Bobbi Brown reels from her mother's sudden Feb. 11 death, her family members — including maternal grandmother Cissy Houston and cousin Dionne Warwick— are gravely concerned for the 18-year-old aspiring singer. Multiple sources say that the aspiring singer — who watched both of her parents struggle with substance abuse — has turned to drugs, her loved ones are urging her to go to rehab. "Whitney's passing is sending Bobbi off the deep end," one insider says, adding that her family is "shocked" by the scope of her issues. "Bobbi's problems are out of control," the insider notes.