Karrueche Tran could not hold back her tears when speaking about Chris Brown. On the talk show “Just Keke,” which airs Wednesday, the 26-year-old opened up about her boyfriend, fame and his relationship with Rihanna, who he has dated on-and-off since 2008. During a preview, Keke Palmer asks her how she dealt with her newfound fame after beginning to date the famous artist.
“I've never dated a celebrity before so it was very new to me. Paparazzi and all that,” she said, while adding that a “level head and positivity” helped her deal with the new experience.
“And then, even the situation with Rihanna, you know the reason why people tuned into this so much was because it's relatable. I have girlfriends, I have family who's gone through the same situation. It's the case of the ex. We all go through it, do you know what I'm saying?” she said.
“But in this case my boyfriend is a celebrity whose ex-girlfriend is an even bigger [celebrity]... So, not only am I fighting a battle with her, I'm fighting a battle with her 14 million fans or however else,” Tran added.
Social media has certainly been cruel towards the young model, with Rihanna fans often trolling her Twitter and Instagram pages. “So, imagine how that feels for me when I gotta get on Twitter and I see a whole bunch of stuff… They make up all kind of crazy stuff and it's like they know nothing about me,” Tran continued. “But, you know, because they know nothing about me, because I stay so mute sometimes, that leaves open space for them to say whatever they want.”
Palmer then asked what the hardest part about the love triangle has been and Tran said, after shedding tears, “I guess I would say the heartbreak because it was a real situation.”
In 2012, Brown broke up with Tran for Rihanna and released a video where he shares his feelings about the realities of love — and asks if it is possible to be in love with two women at once. "Is there such thing as loving two people? I don’t know if that’s possible, but for me, I feel like that,” Brown admitted in a video titled “The Real Chris Brown.” Brown is seen in the minute and a half video reflecting on his relationship with Rihanna as well on as his relationship with Tran.
Brown and Tran were together for close to two years at the time of their 2012 split. Though they have since rekindled their romance, Tran and Brown are often on-and-off, and fans continuously encourage Brown to get back together with Rihanna.