Friends Help Rihanna Have a Happy Birthday

Rihanna was still able to have a 21st birthday celebration despite recent troubles, as close friends brought her out for a movie and a birthday party in her honor.

The singer has been the subject of controversy since her boyfriend Chris Brown allegedly physically attacked her on the early morning of February 8 and has remained in seclusion since then.

She reportedly pulled out of an Oscar appearance last night.

Life & Style reports that Rihanna’s friends took her out for an early showing of Tyler Perry’s Medea Goes To Jail in Santa Monica, and then on to a birthday party for her in the Hollywood Hills.

“She looked beautiful. She was wearing glasses, so you couldn’t see her eyes, but she looked fine to me,” a source says.

The party seemed designed to bring Rihanna out of her shell.

“People were scrambling at her feet to make sure her every wish was granted. There was birthday cake, champagne, you name it!,” a source reported.

And how did Rihanna react to being in the spotlight again?

“She was a bit shy at first and kept her glasses on most of the night. But once she saw her old crew and got used to being out, she really got into it. She was even dancing!” a guest said. “You could tell she was happy to be out. She needed it.”

The singer also finally released a public statement through her rep about the incident this past Friday, stating that “she remains strong, is doing well, and deeply appreciates the outpouring of support she has received during this difficult time.”

Her rep also says that she is not commenting about the incident itself.

Her boyfriend Chris Brown, currently out on bail, will appear in court on felony threats charges on March 5.