Chris Brown dumps his girlfriend after being photographed with Rihanna

Chris Brown publicly revealed Thursday that he has dumped his girlfriend Karrueche Tran after being pictured with ex-girlfriend Rihanna three nights in a row in New York City. He has admitted the he has a close bond with Rihanna and cited that as the reason for his split from Tran, but stopped short of saying that he and Rihanna had reconciled.

Chris Brown said in a statement to the New York Daily News via his spokesperson:

I have decided to be single to 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.

Karrueche, 23, who has been dating the singer since earlier last year, posted a tweet last night:

Chris and Rihanna were spotted attending the Jay-Z concert at the Brooklyn Barclays Center on Wednesday, with a picture of the couple inside the event showing his with his arm around her as they sat in the VIP section watching the gig. Prior to the concert, Rihanna was seen leaving the Gansevoort Park Hotel, followed just 10 minutes later by a slightly sheepish looking Chris.

The pair was first seen together on Monday night, partying together at celebrity hotspot Griffin in New York’s Meatpacking district. Rihanna allegedly arrived just five minutes after Chris Brown and sat down two tables away from him. And on Tuesday night, Rihanna was seen leaving her hotel and heading to the recording studio after reportedly spending time with Chris inside.

They were also seen planting a kiss on the lips and embracing inside the Staples Center at MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles last month. Rihanna and Brown‘s recent outings come after Rihanna admitted to Oprah Winfrey that she still considers Chris to be the “love of her life.” This is despite the fact she took a restraining order out against the singer after he was charged with assault after hitting her at a pre-Grammy party in 2009.

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