While Chris Brown Tries to Save Face, Rihanna Turns Away

Brown, meanwhile, celebrated his 20th birthday on May 5 at a reportedly low-key affair in his Virginia hometown. Besides the videos posted online this week and a statement released in February by his representatives that said he's "saddened" and "seeking counseling," Brown has kept a low profile.

Rihanna seems to be taking steps in the right direction, according to Emil Wilbekin, editor-in-chief of Giant.com, a culture, style and celebrity Web site affiliated with BlackPlanet.com.

"I think Rihanna is being smart about her career and had to make some tough choices," he said. "It was very clear after the incident that her pop star status was waning and that the public was questioning her actions, so she's made a break from Chris and is being strong and going forward with her career and her life."

Initially, it appeared that Rihanna was siding with Brown. Although she was not present at Brown's first court appearance in March, her attorney, Etra, told the court that Rihanna opposed a "stay away" order.

Later, Etra was overheard telling Brown, "I think Rihanna would like this resolved as quickly as possible, as well."

When Brown said he was confused, Geragos, his lawyer, interrupted him and said, "I explained that the best thing that could happen in this case is that Don is involved. Didn't I tell you that before?"

But lately, Rihanna hasn't come to Brown's defense in public. At a Beenie Man concert in Jamaica last month, the rapper brought Rihanna onstage and started talking about the incident with Brown, asking the crowd whether they thought Brown was an idiot. Then, rapping to her hit tune "Umbrella," Beenie Man said, "I don't have no fancy car, but I'll never give you no scar."

Rihanna Not Likely to Tell All Anytime Soon

Many were surprised when Rihanna reportedly reconciled with Brown at Diddy's Miami mansion in late February.

"I don't know how to feel about it," singer Shontelle said at the time. Shontelle grew up with Rihanna in Barbados and has worked with her on multiple songs.

"You see that photo and your heart just breaks," she said, referring to the photos of Rihanna's swollen, cut face. "You think she's going to do one thing and then it's something else. I wish I knew what was going on."

Shontelle also recognized fans' need for Rihanna to explain what happened with Brown. Rihanna has yet to speak publicly about the alleged attack and anything that's happened since then.

"Sometimes people say, 'I'm not trying to be a role model,' but it comes with the territory," Shontelle said. "Once you're in the spotlight, people look up to you. If you're in a position where you can set a good example, that's what you should try to do."

Wilbekin said it's unlikely we'll hear Rihanna's side of the story anytime soon.

"It may be something like Tina Turner -- she will share, but much later. She's too young and she's still processing it all," Wilbekin said.

Like Turner, Rihanna should be able to overcome the entire incident and its aftermath and go on to resume a successful career, Wilbekin said. She will do so as a wiser person.

"You see Rihanna out and about town, she's doing red carpet and shopping," Wilbekin said. "Still, there's a sadness about her, like there's been an innocence lost."

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