Rihanna and Chris Brown
Rihanna and Chris BrownReuters

R&B singer Rihanna is back with her ex boyfriend Chris Brown and is taking him to her native Barbados on New Year day in a bid to win over her friends and family, reported The Sun.

Chris Brown and Rihanna had an ugly breakup in 2009, resulting in the arrest of the former after he pleaded guilty of assaulting the latter at a pre-Grammy Awards party.

Rihanna has booked a plush five-star villa on the exclusive Gold Coast area of the tropical island to give Chris Brown a chance to prove to her family that he is a changed man, according to The Sun. She is also reportedly planning to take Brown's mother along with them.

"The more the public criticise Rihanna for getting back with Chris, the more determined she is to do whatever she wants. While no one else can understand it, she's convinced that Chris is the love of her life and her soulmate and that they're simply meant to be together. She's booked him and his mum into a five-star villa in Barbados over New Year so they can all get some downtime with her family," The Sun quoted a source as saying.

The 24-year-old "Umbrella" singer has been spotted with Chris Brown at several events of late, sparking speculations if they are rekindling their relationship. They were even spotted kissing at an event last month and Chris attended Rihanna's Halloween party.

It may be recalled that Chris Brown was arrested in 2009 for assaulting his then girlfriend Rihanna at a pre-Grammy Awards party. He will remain on probation until early next year for the assault.