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    Rihanna stepped out for her first public appearance since her much publicized fight with Chris Brown.

    Rihanna is back in action.

    The Barbados-born songstress was looking fabulous Monday night, showing off her clothing savvy at a New York City fashion event, and just last week she was spotted on a Barbados beach holding hands with a former boyfriend not named Chris Brown.

    Rihanna’s turn on the red carpet Monday at the Costume Institute Gala’s party at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was her first public appearance since she got into a very public tussle with Brown in February. The gala is considered the social style event of New York’s spring season and Ri-ri didn’t disappoint her couture loving fans.

    The “Umbrella” singer wore a silk tuxedo with billowing shoulders, cropped pants and a bow tie.  Rihanna joined stars like Madonna, Liv Tyler, Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway and Gisele Bundchen at the fashion festival, but, even though she skipped the press line, she was the story of the night because no one has seen her since Brown allegedly beat her up.

    Rihanna came to the New York party alone, but just a few days ago she was having her own party with former flame Negus Sealy, according to the British paper The Daily Mail.

    Sealy and Rihanna were an item before she made it big in the music business. Sealy is said to be helping her get over Brown, who pleaded not guilty to felony assault charges in April.

    Rihanna retreated to Barbados after the February altercation and a source told the News of the World that Sealy came to help mend her wounds and her heart.

    “Negus was a shoulder to cry on. He's a really smart guy - clever, good looking, very cool,” the source told the paper. “All the girls adore him and call him the Love God. He and Rihanna were seeing each other before she hit the big time.”

    The source said that the pair have been seeing one another for a while now but have kept their rekindled romance under wraps.
     
    “Rihanna and Negus both realized there was still a strong sexual attraction between them and became inseparable,” the News of the World source said.  “Whenever Rihanna went to the beach or out partying, Negus was always there. They were very careful not to be seen too closely together though as they're trying to keep their relationship a secret.”