The Chris Brown/Rihanna saga is unique in many ways. There’s the 2009 domestic violence incident that irreparably marred their relationship. And they have to play out their on-again, off-again love affair under the glare of media scrunity and in the court of public opinion. But they aren’t the first man and woman to be swept up in a love triangle.

While Chris Brown was in a committed relationship to Karrueche Tran, his budding friendship with Rihanna began to get public attention. First, news broke that the former lovers were appearing on two songs together. Then, they were tweeting pleasantries at each other while subliminal shots were reportedly being thrown between Rihanna and Brown’s current girlfriend.

Fast-forward to August 19th’s episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” and Rihanna’s openly confessing that she’s still in love with Chris Brown and revealing that seeing him is “awkward” because he’s in a relationship. Next, they’re hugging and kissing in public at the 2012 MTV VMAs.

As recently as last night, they were photographed sitting next to each other at Jay-Z’s Barclays Center concert. Today, Chris Brown has released this statement to select media outlets, announcing that he’s ended his relationship with Karrueche Tran and that his friendship with Rihanna was a factor:

“I have decided to be single to focus on my career. 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.”

It’s always tricky managing a friendship with your ex while you’re in a new relationship, especially when your new partner isn’t comfortable with you staying in touch with your old flame. There’s the option of cutting your ex off completely, or staying in communication with your ex even though it’s a point of contention for your current relationship.

Chris Brown chose to end his new relationship altogether as it seems distancing himself from Rihanna was not an option.

What would you do in that scenario, Clutchettes? Would you dump your mate because of your relationship with your ex?

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  • Peace

    They are both idiots. No pity for either of them.

  • Peace

    I mean Chris Brown & Rihanna. I do feel bad for Karrueche. She didn’t deserve any of Chris’ BS.

  • apple

    chris must got that fire for him to be as lame as he is, beating her without giving a f*k,throwing chairs out windows for these two beautiful women to be fighting over him

  • cocopuffs

    k tran was a rebound to a girl that got her butt beat by the guy who was her bf now idk about you but thats embarrassing and kind of weird. First off let me say i hope we all recognize that rihanna and chris brown have been messing around for a bit like i hope there is no one on here that is going to say they were just cool this is a couple that were steamy and passionate and had all this love for each other and supposedly still do and they were just hanging out and having a drink or two? No. What i dont like is rihanna on her twitter acting like she struck gold when chris said he was leaving his gf and working things out with her, you may still have feelings for your ex but really maybe you should calm down and find a good therapist for the both of you because you dont get the crap beat out of you then jump for joy sometime down the road for the person that beat u up.
    dont get me wrong im sure they love each other but at the same time this girl was royally humiliated …no doubt she was naive but non the less alot of people dont want to see whats there

  • Pretty1908

    both women are silly and deserve better

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