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Rihanna continues to evolve into hip-hop's version of Tammy Wynette. Before yesterday's court date to determine whether Chris Brown violated the terms of his probation for assaulting Rihanna in 2009, the songstress tweeted "Praying for you baby, my best wishes are with you today! Remember that whatever God does in our lives, it is WELL DONE!!! #1Love."

For fear that her "baby" didn't get the first message, she tweeted directly at his handle again four hours later. "I'm praying for you and wishing u the best today!"

"Thank u so much," he responded. She must have just forgotten why he's on probation. These things happen.

The duo's conversations on Twitter have been subject to scrutiny in the past. From birthday wishes to the promotion of song collaborations, the on-again, off-again couple, who shared a kiss at this month's MTV Video Music Awards, don't have a firm grasp on the concept of a public forum. Or they simply don't care. Brown emphasized his lack of self-awareness earlier this month when he tattooed what he said was a skull associated with the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) on his neck. But where he saw a skull, others saw the face of an abused woman that people speculated was Rihanna.

The "We Found Love" singer told Oprah Winfrey during a televised interview last month that she lost her "best friend" after the assault and that she worried that the public viewed him as a monster. "I do miss miss him sometimes," she said.

Rihanna's tweet came two days before her new single "Diamonds" from her seventh album is scheduled to be released. The record is expected to hit stores next month. It's difficult to predict whether her public support for Brown will develop into a real backlash that will impact album sales.

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