CALIFORNIA, United States, Wednesday July 23, 2014 – Her on-again-off-again relationship with singer Chris Brown and the painful love triangle with Barbadian superstar Rihanna brought tears to Karrueche Tran’s eyes during a candid appearance on American talk show Just Keke.
The uncharacteristic vulnerability mirrored sentiments expressed just days earlier on her Instagram account with the quote: “The difference between you and I is that my love is unwavering… You have shattered my heart, but you have not shattered my love.”
In the course of the interview with host Keke Palmer, the 26-year-old model admitted that she is “fighting a battle” with the R&B singer’s former girlfriend Rihanna.
“I’ve never dated a celebrity before so it was very new to me. Paparazzi and all that,” she said about her stormy relationship with Brown, crediting a “level head and positivity” in helping her through it.
“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?” she asked.
“But 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 however else,” she continued.
“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….”
When host Keke Palmer asked what the hardest part about the love triangle had been, Tran dissolved into tears and replied: “I guess I would say the heartbreak because it was a real situation.”
The emotionally charged disclosure earned the part-Vietnamese model a comforting hug from Palmer.