Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Chris Brown is officially single now and has ended his relationship with model-girlfriend, Karrueche Tran because of his “friendship” with Rihanna.

“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,” Brown said in a statement. “I’d rather be single allowing us to both be happy in our lives.”

According to BET, Brown released the statement amidst rumors of him getting cozy with his ex. The two have been seen together all week in the Big Apple, first at The Barclays Center for Jay-Z’s concert and then dancing at a Manhattan nightclub. Brown was also seen leaving Rihanna’s hotel, the Gansevoort.

The news comes as no surprise since Brown alluded to a possible break up between him and his girlfriend in a recent tweet saying “Both r free from it all.” She responded with, “Take off…bye baby.”

While it’s not official if the two songbirds are a couple again, their constant PDA suggests otherwise.

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