Rihanna’s Instagram photos catch Chris Brown’s attention and her fans are not pleased

Updated 5:35 PM EDT, Tue August 8, 2017

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Brown reacted to Rihanna's latest Instagram photos with an emoji

Her Instagram fans came to her defense with some choice words for her ex

(CNN) —  

It’s hard not to notice Rihanna’s latest Instagram pics.

Chris Brown certainly did.

Rihanna posted photos of herself on Monday wearing a revealing costume for the 2017 Crop Over festival in Barbados, and her famous ex reacted with the emoji of a pair of eyes looking left in the comments section of one of her photos.

The “Work” singer is seen sporting colorful feathers, blue hair and a jewel encrusted two piece. Brown’s response did not go over well with some fans.

The pair is forever connected in controversy after Brown assault then-girlfriend Rihanna on the night of the Grammys in 2009.

Brown pleaded guilty to the assault and in 2016 talked about the aftermath which he said took him “from being on top of the world, No. 1 songs, being kind of like America’s sweetheart to being Public Enemy No. 1.”

Related: Chris Brown was ‘suicidal’ after assaulting Rihanna

And while the pair tried to make it work after the infamous incident, they ultimately called it quits years ago.

Rihanna’s Instagram fans had some choice words for Brown after he posted his emoji comment. Some took their commentary and memes to Twitter.

“Chris Brown needs to leave Rihanna alone FOREVER,” one person tweeted.

So far no response yet from Rihanna. She and Brown collaborated on two songs together in 2012, “Nobody’s Business” and “Birthday Cake (Remix)” and ended their romantic relationship in 2013.