As Brown's arraignment nears, the pair have been apart – Rihanna's latest stop is Barbados
With Chris Brown due in court next week for the alleged assault on Rihanna, the singers have kept their distance from each other, with Brown quietly holed up in his hometown with family and old friends while Rihanna has hop-scotched the country in glamorous style.
Rihanna’s latest stop Friday: her native Barbados. “She’s home,” the singer’s father Ronald Fenty tells PEOPLE of the singer, who was photographed at the island’s international airport wearing a long, gauzy beige dress, white sunglasses and sandals. “She is in good spirits. And she sounds great.”
She’s not required to attend Brown’s arraignment Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, where Brown, 19, is expected to enter a plea to two felony counts, and her camp is shooting down reports she’s not cooperating with prosecutors. “She will do everything that the law requires her to do,” her lawyer Donald Etra tells PEOPLE.
After reconciling in Miami in late February, the singers put their relationship on hold a few weeks ago. Today, “they are still taking a mutually decided-on break,” a source tells PEOPLE. It’s been more than two weeks since they were last together in L.A.
Ever since, Rihanna, 21, has never been far from paparazzi lenses. After being spotted house-hunting and clubbing in L.A., she was photographed earlier this week in Honolulu sporting a new textured, bed-head hairstyle and wearing a chic blue jacket. On Thursday she was in New York, casually dressed in jeans and sunglasses and smiling for cameras after having dinner with several friends at Italian eatery Da Silvano, where a source describes her as seeming “happy – classy, polite, beautiful.” Rihanna headed to Barbados on Friday morning.
Brown Lying Low
Brown, meanwhile, has been lying low in his home state of Virginia, “seeking counseling, reconnecting with family and focusing on writing and producing,” says a source – and playing basketball. On March 31, Brown surprised students at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., when he played several pick-up games with students in the gym.
Brown’s visit coincided with White Ribbon Week, a campaign about men educating other men about domestic violence. A male campaign member passed out ribbons and buttons to other students as they watched Brown on the court.
Business administration senior Matthew Treacy, 21, was one of the students who played ball with Brown. “He was cool. He was fun. He could play a little bit. He had some skills,” says Treacy. “He seemed like he was in a pretty jovial mood. I think he was trying to relax. I think he’s in Virginia to get away from it all.”
• Reporting by PERNILLA CEDENHEIM, RENNIE DYBALL, WENDY GROSSMAN, KEN LEE, ELIZABETH LEONARD and LIZ McNEIL