Chris Brown breaks up with Karrueche Tran
“Turn Up The Music” singer Chris Brown has officially broken up with his girlfriend, model Karrueche Tran, saying, “I don’t want to see her hurt over my friendship with Rihanna.”
According to reports, R&B singer Chris Brown acknowledged on Thursday that he has renewed his “friendship” with pop star and ex-girlfriend Rihanna, the woman he was convicted of beating on the eve of the Grammy Awards back in February 2009.
The singer sent an unsolicited statement to CNN, announcing he was breaking up with Karrueche Tran, the 24-year-old model he began dating a year after he was arrested for the felony assault of Rihanna.
“I have decided to be single to focus on my career,” Brown said. “I love Karrueche very much but I don’t want to see her hurt over my friendship with Rihanna.
Chris Brown added, “I’d rather be single allowing us to both be happy in our lives.”
Meanwhile, Karrueche Tran posted a cryptic tweet Wednesday that appeared to be directed at Brown: “Bye baby.”
The announcement comes after Brown and Rihanna were seen together at the Jay Z concert in Brooklyn recently. The former couple had been hanging around each other a lot lately, and rumor has it that they had reunited romantically.
Rumors of their reunion was fueled last month when Rihanna gave Chris Brown a quick kiss and a hug during the MTV Video Music Awards as Brown walked to the stage to accept an award.
Previous reports have stated that 23-year-old Chris Brown has two more years of probation to serve for his felony assault conviction, although the judge lifted the “stay away” order in February 2011 with Rihanna’s consent.
“He just can’t bother her,” Rihanna’s lawyer, Donald Etra, said at the time.
Chris Brown has since made multiple public apologies to Rihanna for the attack, which he seemed to blame on his youth. Brown was 19 at the time.
“I feel like that we’re young,” Brown told CNN’s Larry King days after he got his sentence. “We’re both young. So nobody taught us how to love one another. Nobody taught us a book on how to control our emotions or our anger. I’m not trying to fall on the fact that I’m young. I’m just saying it’s a lot of stuff that I wish I could have changed that night.”