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Chris Brown reportedly got in touch with former girlfriend Rihanna on New Year's day Getty

American singer Chris Brown reportedly got in touch with former girlfriend Rihanna on New Year's day.

According to celebrity gossip website Urban Islandz, the 25-year-old R&B artist and We Found Love singer share a strong bond, though they are not dating.

"He text her Happy New Year's and wished her all the best in her endeavors for 2015," a source said. "It was sweet and kind for him to do that regardless of what's going on between them."

"She replied thank you and same to you," the insider added. "There is no animosity between them... are no hard feelings, their relationship is over as far as I know but that doesn't mean they can't still be kind to each other."

Brown infamously assaulted the five-time Grammy winner in 2009, by hitting her so forcefully that she had major bruising on her face, a split lip, and a bloody nose.

Later, the Say Goodbye singer started dating Karrueche Tran amidst his romance with Rihanna. Brown and the 26-year-old model briefly split in October 2012 when he admitted he was "in love with two people".

Meanwhile, rapper Drake who has been in an on-again-off-again relationship with Rihanna also contacted her.

"Drake wished Rihanna a happy new year also and her response to him was similar to that of Chris Brown," another source told the website.

Last month, in an interview with Daily Mail, Rihanna's father Ronald Fenty revealed that the couple will not be getting back together.

"I don't know what their relationship is now. At the basketball, they just said 'hi and hello'. When we was going to the car park he was trying to talk with her but she turned and was talking to somebody else, so he came and talked to me and I had a picture with him. Afterwards Robyn said, 'dad you really taking pictures with he though?'" [sic] he said.

"Let her do what she wants to do. This recycling thing don't work for everything, people don't ask me if I could go back with Ms Fenty.

"Chris is a player, he ain't ready for no one women yet, he ain't ready. He's a party guy," Fenty added.