It was just hours before the Grammy red carpet when the news broke that Chris Brown had allegedly assaulted Rihanna. The golden couple were both scheduled to perform during the show, but it soon became clear that their picture-perfect relationship wasn't what it seemed despite looking cozy the night before at a Grammys preparty. As details began to emerge, stories about Chris's abusive past trickled in while his camp started serious damage control. Just weeks later, in a shocking turn of events, the troubled couple was spotted meeting up in Miami. In June, Chris headed to court while Rihanna kept quiet, but the two continued to pop up around town together even after Chris was sentenced. It wasn't until July, nearly six months after the incident, that Chris made a halfhearted public apology to Rihanna on a press tour that included Larry King.
Rihanna spent most of the Summer in NYC focusing on her music and showing off her bikini body before moving on to Paris for Fashion Week. By Fall, Chris was busy completing his community-service sentence and Rihanna was finally ready to break her silence. After speaking out against domestic violence, Rihanna came out on top of the sad situation and was named Woman of the Year by Glamour magazine. She's now moving on and promoting her hot new album with a big smile that we hope continues well into 2010.