Superstar singer Chris Brown performs in front of thousands of screaming fans without even breaking a sweat, but put the 18-year-old in front of girlfriend Rihanna’s relatives for a first-time meeting and he gets stage fright.

Rihanna, 19, took Chris home to Barbados last week to meet her family, including her two younger, protective brothers, and before he left, the R&B star told a pal he was worried what everyone would think of him.

“Rihanna is very close to her family,” the pal tells OK!. “But she knew they loved Chris as much as she does.”

That didn’t stop one of her brothers from giving the “Kiss Kiss” singer a hard time. “He told Chris that PDA was tacky and said he may be a little too short for his sister!” Still, the pal adds, “Chris loved seeing all the pictures in Rihanna’s family home of her winning Miss Combermere, [a local beauty pageant she won at 16], lounging on the beach and singing in local clubs. He cares about Rihanna. Things have started really heating up from friends to something more.”

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