Chris Brown, 23, recently called it quits with girlfriend and model Karrueche Tran, 24, whose reaction to the news made it clear that she suspected the split might have something to do with Brown's ex-girlfriend and former domestic abuse victim, Rihanna, 24.

Brown confirmed that he had split from Tran on October 4, revealing that he had "decided to be single and 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," reports Us Weekly.

This comes after there have been more and more public appearances between Brown and Rihanna, who told Oprah that Brown was still "the love of my life" on OWN's Oprah's Next Chapter, despite the 2009 incident in which Brown, her boyfriend at the time, assaulted her. They have since been seen getting somewhat cozy at a Jay-Z concert, and Brown even kissed Rihanna on the lips at the MTV Video Music Awards, which reportedly didn't make Tran very happy.

Following the announcement of the Brown / Tran breakup, Tran tweeted some cryptic messages, including, "Wtf is going on?" and "All I'm saying is.. You don't mess with people's genuine feelings. You just don't!"

Brown later confirmed the split from Tran in a video he posted on Twitter called "The Real Chris Brown," in which he admitted to being "a little drunk," and poured out his feelings. "Y'all don't really get the real Chris Brown, so I like to just be honest, man. I'm stressed out," he says. That's just real sh-t, man."

Brown refers to Rihanna, though doesn't mention any names, saying, "When you share history with somebody, then you tend to fall in love with somebody else, it's kinda difficult. Is there such thing as loving two people? I don't know if that's possible, but for me, I feel like that."

"Y'all are probably like, 'What the f-ck is he talking about right now?'" Brown said in a moment of rare clarity. "But I'm just saying, I'm being real. I don't want to hurt either or. I'm not trying to be a player. I'm not trying to be a dog. None of that. My mama raised me differently. I just can't. It's too much sometimes."

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