The stars dated until Brown infamously beat Rihanna up in an altercation on the eve of the Grammy Awards in 2009 and was handed an assault conviction. They briefly reunited in 2013, and now those close to the former lovers insist they are still interested in each other.

A source tells the Franchise Herald, "His friends are trying to make the case for him and it's not like RiRi doesn't love him anymore, she still does, but she is much more mature and focused now and will not settle for anything that is not serious and fully committed.

"His friends are pushing him to go get your girl before someone else does."

Rihanna recently met up with Brown at a basketball game and her father, who was with the Umbrella singer, admits the singer did not seem that interested in her ex-boyfriend.

Ronald Fenty tells MTV, "I don't know what their relationship is now. At the basketball, they just said hi and hello. When we was going to the car park he was trying to talk with her but she turned and was talking to somebody else, so he came and talked to me and I had a picture with him."

However, it seems Fenty is keen for his daughter to stay away from her former lover, adding, "This recycling thing don't work for everything... Chris Brown is a player; he ain't ready for no one women yet (sic). He's a party guy."

Brown famously dumped his longtime girlfriend Karrueche Tran to reunite with Rihanna, but the re-romance only lasted a few months.