Rihanna reportedly is getting closer to long-time friend Dane Cook.

Rihanna reportedly is getting closer to long-time friend Dane Cook.

Rihanna, who has been putting up with Chris Brown’s two-timing with Kerruche Tran, may now be playing his game. She’s been spotted getting cozy with comedian Dane Cook, according to a tabloid report.

There may be nothing to it. The two have been friends for years. On the other hand, they’ve have been spending a lot of quality time together.

“They hang out in Dane’s dressing room and sometimes he goes back to her Pacific Palisades home to party,” a source claims. “They flirt like crazy, and Dane regularly sends Rihanna flowers and gushy e-mails.”

It may just be Rihanna’s way of letting Brown know that she shouldn’t be taken for granted. But some friends claim the friendship is heating up.

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“She’s very secretive about it. She wants to keep everyone guessing, especially Chris,” the source told The National Enquirer.

Brown and the Barbadian singer reunited last year after three years apart after he savagely beat her in 2009 on the eve of the Grammys. The fight was sparked after Rihanna caught Chris texting one of his ex-girlfriends.

Although they’ve gotten back together, Rihanna has been forced to turn a blind eye to Brown’s philandering with Tran and constant flirting with groupies in night clubs.

Dane is older at 41; Brown is 23. As such, he may be providing Rihanna with some maturity and stability in her life. Rihanna’s vanity may also be involved.

“The only thing she likes more than male attention is drama. She loves having Dane and Chris chasing after her at the same time,” the supposed source claimed.

With so much baggage between them, Rihanna and Brown may have one of the most complex relationships in Hollywood. If it works for them, so be it. But it’s probably a good thing that Rihanna is asserting some independence from the troubled singer.

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