Chris Brown’s Ex Speaks Out

Karrueche Tran has dated the singer off and on for four years.

Chris Brown's ex-girlfriend (right) Karrueche Tran with  Iyanla Vanzant

The long-suffering girlfriend of singer/actor Chris Brown is speaking out. 26 year-old Karrueche Tran recently sat down with Iyanla Vanzant in her first exclusive interview. She told the spiritual coach what she saw in Chris Brown, and why she stayed with him for so many years despite the cheating allegations that have plagued the two.

“I wanted it to be different, and that’s how it was,” says Tran who discovered last month, after TMZ broke the news, that Brown was the father of a nine month-old baby girl. She later went on social media to rant saying, “One can only take so much.”

Tran shared her side of the breakup story including telling Vanzant how she and Brown first met and their first date which was a trip to Norm’s, a popular Los Angeles based coffee shop, at 2:30 in the morning.

Defensive of the Brown’s beating of ex girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, Tran defended her decision to stick with the abusive singer. Rihanna’s injuries were severe and included two contusions, a bloody lip and nose. For the incident, Brown was charged with two felonies stemming from what police described as “a brutal argument between the singer and his girlfriend.” Rihanna was provoked by her discovery of a text message from another woman.

Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran during happier times

“I saw a different side of Chris that not everybody sees. Although he’s done whatever he’s done… he’s a good-hearted person,” Tran told Vanzant. “He’s a big kid with a good heart that’s been through some things, that’s been damaged.”

Tran broke down when Vanzant addressed Brown and Rihanna’s famous reunion during Christmas 2012 at the courtside of a Los Angeles Lakers game. Tran who was with Brown at the time was clearly shocked to see Brown canoodling with his ex while she was waiting for him at his condo.

“I didn’t want to believe it.” Why? “Because I loved him. I’ve never dated a celebrity, I’ve never been in the light that way, so I didn’t know what to expect.”

During the interview Vanzant identified the classic relationship mistake Tran, who claims to still love Brown made. With more than two million Instagram followers and more than 600,000 Twitter followers, Karrueche Tran and Chris Brown’s personal life has played out in a very public way with each positing cryptic messages to each other each time something occurred in their relationship.

“I still love him,” Tran confessed. “I’ve tried to help him. Go to church, pray, yoga, meditate. If he wanted to change, we’d be in a better place. But that’s the problem. He is damaged but… I’m damaged too.” Through tears, she added, “I will never again let a man disrespect me.”

Tran who is now pursuing a modeling and acting career decided to speak publicly on the OWN Network to change the public’s perception of her.

Pictured (bottom): During happier times Brown and Tran (courtesy Twistter/Instagram) Top: Iyanla Vanzant with Karrueche Tran (Photo Credit: Photo by Dale Berman and Courtesy of OWN


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