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Rihanna and Chris Brown kiss, hug at MTV Video Music Awards

Rihanna and Chris Brown embrace during the MTV Video Music Awards, Sept. 6, 2012. MTV

(CBS/AP) Rihanna hugged, then briefly kissed ex-boyfriend Chris Brown just moments after winning the Moonman for video of the year at Thursday's MTV Video Music Awards.

The embrace happened during a commercial break, after the pop star's big win for her hit "We Found Love."

Pictures: MTV Video Music Awards red carpet
Pictures: Highlights from the VMAs

MTV showed the grainy footage shot from a distance on its website Friday. As Rihanna walks off stage, she smiles and reaches out to embrace Brown. She gives him a quick kiss, then tussles his newly bleached blond hair as she exits.

The two singers split in 2009 after Brown attacked her, leaving her bruised and battered. She recently told Oprah Winfrey she still has feelings for Brown, though the two are not involved.

Pictures: Rihanna
Pictures: Chris Brown

"I truly love him," she told Winfrey during an interview last month, adding, "The main thing for me is that he is at peace. I'm not at peace if he is unhappy or he is still lonely. I care."

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