By Kat Giantis
Remember when we warned you last week not to get your hopes up over how Rihanna recently gave Chris Brown the cold shoulder? Here's why: On Wednesday, the drama- and dysfunction-fueled twosome surfaced on a beach in Hawaii, where they celebrated RiRi's 25th birthday with a PDA-packed photo op.
Sporting a hot pink bikini bottom under a black mesh skirt, Rihanna marked the quarter-century she's spent on the planet by holding tight to Brown, whose baggy shorts appeared to be headed inexorably for his ankles.
"Rihanna and Chris came out around 2 p.m. and took a quick walk on the beach in front of their rented home. It was a bit windy so they didn't stay out very long," a source tells E! News. "She was puffing on something as she walked and seemed very relaxed and happy. Her hair was blowing and she twirled around. She looked totally free and like she was really enjoying her birthday. Chris was protective and made sure to hold her hand as they walked. They only went a few houses over and then they turned around and came back."
The self-esteem-needing chanteuse also shared an Instagram pic that showed her perched on a bored-looking Brown's lap as they rode in the back of a limo. The caption: "#Pour it up pour it up! #birthdaybehavior."
That behavior seems to include forgiving Chris (yet again) for his latest transgression, which purportedly involved spending quality time with ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran.
Speculation has already begun that their tropical trip will end with a ring on her finger (say it with us: Oy).
A further sign that all is forgiven: Rihanna tweeted a "throwback" pic from her surprise 20th birthday party with Brown: "Im an old bitch now! Thank God for His gifts and His endless mercies! #25 #Milestonelife
By the by, fans of "Law & Order: SUV" will find next week's episode particularly jarring, based as it is on Brown's assault on Rihanna. Watch the preview here, then click on for RiRi's vacation photos ...