Chris Brown dumps Karrueche Tran: 'I don't want to see her hurt over my friendship with Rihanna'

chris-brown-karrueche-tran.jpg Chris Brown has broken up with his girlfriend, aspiring model Karrueche Tran, so that he can focus on more important things -- like his career and hanging out with Rihanna.

"I have decided to be single to focus on my career," Brown tells Us Weekly. "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."

Seeing as Brown was spotted kissing Rihanna at the VMAs, making out with Rihanna at an NYC club, and getting cozy with Rihanna at a Jay-Z concert... we'd say the word "friendship" is being used pretty loosely.

Rihanna's probably pretty happy with the deal -- she recently told Oprah that she's still in love with Brown. "We love each other and we probably always will. And that's not anything that we're going to try to change. It's not something you can just turn off, when you're in love with someone," she said. "I truly love him, so the main thing for me is that he's at peace. I'm not at peace if he's a little unhappy, or he's still lonely. I care. It matters that he finds that peace."
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