Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Chris Brown reportedly calls to wish Rihanna 'Happy Birthday'

The New York Daily News is reporting that Rihanna – back in Los Angeles from Barbados – celebrated her 21st birthday Friday with a "celeb-free circle of friends" and a phone call from Chris Brown.

“Chris called Rihanna to wish her a happy birthday,” an "insider" told the newspaper. “He’s absolutely trying to get back into her good graces. He knows he’s very much in the doghouse right now, and is doing everything he can to show her how sorry he is.”

Brown is currently charged with making criminal threats in an alleged assault against Rihanna. The violent encounter left her hospitalized with bruises and cuts to her face.

The Daily News also claims that Brown sent Rihanna a diamond bracelet and necklace, as well as an iPod Touch for her birthday. "Plus, Brown’s mom, Joyce, who is said to adore Rihanna, sent over a bouquet of flowers," the newspaper reported.

Friday’s party, held in a rented house in the Hollywood Hills, had a casino theme, with professional croupiers brought in to deal for the pop princess and a few choice friends. “Her theme was ‘Blackjack 21’ and all the guests gambled,” according to the Daily News spy. “And although there was alcohol available, Rihanna wasn’t drinking.”

The source also said that Rihanna is healing quickly from her recent injuries: “She hasn’t scarred or anything. She was in a great mood. She was really celebrating not just her birthday, but life in general.”

After the intimate gathering, "Rihanna hopped into a waiting car and jetted off to her native Barbados, where she finished out her birthday weekend with her mom," according to the Daily News.

In other Rihanna news, there are unconfirmed reports that she was due to make a surprise appearance at the Academy Awards on Sunday, but opted to pull out following her assault.

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