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Karrueche Tran on Being Cyberbullied by Rihanna and Her Navy


Chris Brown’s sometimes girlfriend, model Karrueche Tran, had an on-air breakdown after opening up about her “battle” with the other lady in Breezy’s life — singer Rihanna — and her feverishly protective fanbase, aptly-nicknamed “Rihanna’s Navy.”

Karrueche first hooked up with the “Fine China” hitmaker, 25, in 2010 (otherwise known as the year after he went to jail for beating the snot out of RiRi). The romance hasn’t always been easy; Tran says her relationship with Chris has been consistently strained by his not-so clandestine lingering feelings for his ex (Chris once drunk-tweeted that he was in love with both women) and Rihanna’s uncanny knack for rubbing her face in it.

It’s no secret that Rihanna pretty much hates Karrueche. In January 2012, the beauties reportedly got into a skirmish while partying at a club in West Hollywood. We heard the “We Found Love” beauty and Chris’ catwalker had to be separated by security at the Greystone Manor after exchanging a barrage of fighting words.

After the near brawl, the ladies went the “classier route” and stuck to simply bashing each other on social media. The feud controversy ignited when Rihanna tweeted a photo of a packet of rice cakes dressed up in sunglasses and hoop earrings. Many bloggers and tweeters concluded that Rihanna was making a racist jab at Karrueche, who is half African-American and half Vietnamese.

Needless to say, the response from Karrueche wasn’t pretty. A screen grab from her alleged Facebook page read:

“Let me clear the air, if you have fenty at the end of ya name or your default Is Rihanna you have a better chance of winning the lottery than ending up on my friends’ list.”

The years of humiliation have apparently taken a toll on Tran, who was brought to tears as she recalled being dumped for, then taunted by Rihanna (and a host of her fans) during an appearance on the new BET talk show, Just Keke. Speaking to host Keke Palmer, Karrueche cried about the perils of being trapped in a love triangle.

“I’ve never dated a celebrity before so it was very new to me — paparazzi and all that. 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? 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 whoever else. 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 kinds of crazy stuff and it’s, like, they know nothing about me. 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.”

Word on the Curb is Karrueche and Chris and presently “off”….again. RadarOnline cites insiders who squeal that the petite Blasian hit the roof after Chris posted an Instagram photo of her lying in bed in a bra and thong. Interestingly, Karrueche stuck by the troubled singer during his 108 day jail stint that ended last month.


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