RIHANNA's father has given his pop star daughter his blessing to embark on a relationship with her ex CHRIS BROWN.
The pair split after a well-publicised fight in 2009 and Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting the Umbrella hitmaker the same year, but speculation surrounding the nature of the couple's relationship has mounted in recent months (12) following news they had reunited in a studio to record two new songs.
Despite their turbulent past, Rihanna's dad Ronald Fenty insists he is happy for her to rekindle the romance, because he's convinced Brown is a wiser man than he was when he lashed out at his daughter.
Fenty tells Britain's Grazia magazine, "Chris has matured a lot. I think everybody has to put the past behind them. And they seem to have done that.
"Being a couple is all up to her. Every decision is her decision. I just wish her the best. I hope things will work out. Everyone is entitled to make a mistake. Her fans are hoping it will happen. They see them as a perfect couple."
His remarks don't appear to be shared by Brown's father, Clinton, who recently urged his son to stay away from his ex and concentrate on his career.
The worried dad told America's Star magazine, "I do not condone everything that goes on with Chris, but I love my son with all my being. I am always concerned about him... He can make his own decisions. But, as a concerned parent, I would rather they not have any involvement... Sometimes you need to cut the strings and move beyond the past."