Chris Brown Confirms Split From Karrueche Tran, Cites Friendship With Rihanna, Career as Reasons

Rachel Levy / October 4, 2012

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Rihanna and Chris Brown spotted at Jay-Z concert. What else did they do?
Chris Brown confirmed Thursday that he has split from girlfriend Karrueche Tran.

“I have decided to be single to focus on my career,” Brown, 23, said in a statement to Gossip Cop. “I love Karrueche very much but I don’t want to see her hurt over my friendship with Rihanna. I’d rather be single allowing us to both be happy in our lives.”

The split comes shortly after Brown was caught hanging out with ex-girlfriend Rihanna on multiple occasions this week in New York.

As Celebuzz exclusively reported, the former couple — who split in 2009 after Brown physically assaulted Rihanna prior to the Grammy Awards — was spotted dancing and kissing at Manhattan hotspot Griffin on Monday.

The next day, Brown was seen leaving the Gansevoort Park hotel, which is where Rihanna is reportedly staying.

On Wednesday, the former couple was photographed at a Jay-Z concert in Brooklyn, inside the Barclay Center’s VIP room.

For her part, Tran — who has been linked to Brown since January — tweeted a number of cryptic messages this week that implied her relationship was indeed over.

“There’s a difference between a man and a boy…I prefer men,” she wrote on Oct. 2.

“Bye baby,” she tweeted Wednesday.

What do you think of Brown and Tran’s split? Do you think him and Rihanna will make their affection official again? Weigh in below.

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