Rihanna set tongue furiously wagging at last night's MTV VMAs when she publicly embraced her abusive ex-boyfriend Chris Brown.

Speculation that the couple could be back together was ignited when Rihanna walked off stage after accepting her award for Video Of The Year and kissed and hugged Chris.

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It is the first time we have publicly seen RiRi and Chris - who infamously beat her at a Grammys party in 2009 - together at the same time.

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Rihanna was left bloodied and bruised following Chris Brown's attack in 2009

However, the moment was caught by 'all-access' filming and didn't feature in the main broadcast of the show, so perhaps the pair thought they had escaped the glare of the cameras.

It was only last month that Rihanna was telling Oprah how Chris was "the love of her life" and broke down in tears as she insisted that they were not back together.

"He's in a relationship of his own. I'm single but we have maintained a very close friendship," she told the chat show host.

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  • Rihanna

    Rihanna arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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    Rihanna arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles.

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    Rihanna arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles.

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    Rihanna arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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    Rihanna arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles.

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    Rihanna performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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    Rihanna performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)

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    Rihanna performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)

  • Emma Watson

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    Miley Cyrus arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles.

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    Miley Cyrus arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles.

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  • Amber Rose

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  • Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Wyck Godfrey, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Jackson Rathbone

    From left, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Wyck Godfrey, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Jackson Rathbone speak onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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    From left, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Wyck Godfrey, Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson and Jackson Rathbone speak onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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    From left, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Jackson Rathbone speak onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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    Pink arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles.

  • Pink

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  • Taylor Swift

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  • Taylor Swift

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  • Taylor Swift

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    Taylor Swift performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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  • Rita Ora

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