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Karrueche Tran and Rihanna: A Battle For Chris Brown

By now, you may have heard about the ongoing love triangle between Chris Brown, his most recent ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran and his megastar ex-girlfriend Rihanna. Three years ago, Brown and Rihanna were just another wide-eyed, young Hollywood couple in love. However, once he physically assaulted her after one of Clive Davis’s legendary pre-Grammy parties back in 2009, the couple ended up going their separate ways. Fast forward to present day and judging by their recent sightings together, neither Brown nor Rihanna seem to have gotten over each other.

Love triangles are never easy. Throw in an infamous case of domestic violence, two gorgeous and successful recording artists that the public wants to root for and a “regular” girl, and you have a recipe for sensationalism at its finest. While love triangles may be something of a norm in today’s dating world, is it healthy for one to string along two people or be strung along by a sometimes partner, sometimes friend?

The easy answer to that question is, “no.” In this situation, it’s magnified by the fact that there are two people who have been bound together by a horrific event that happened the last time they dated. The pictures of Rihanna’s face after the Grammy award winning artist physically assaulted her three years ago exposed a troubling and violent backstory to the seemingly happy couple’s relationship. Even with the public violence that occurred against her, reportedly she was open to working on the relationship with her ex almost immediately.

Given all that transpired between these two back in 2009, you may be asking, “Why would Rihanna entertain rekindling a relationship with Chris Brown?” It has been reported that Rihanna witnessed her own mother abused by her father and that Brown saw his mother abused at the hands of his stepfather. Those reports may lend clues to why both Brown and Rihanna are drawn back to each other. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, men who witness domestic violence as children are twice as likely to commit violence against their partners in adulthood than boys who do not witness such violence. Additionally, countless studies conclude that victims of domestic violence return to their abusers several times before finally leaving the relationship for good. The reasons victims return range from financial dependence on the abuser to fear of losing their children or raising children alone after a nasty divorce or custody battle.

The traditional reasons a woman (or man) might return to their abuser do not seem to apply in this case. Rihanna is successful in her career so money is not a driving force for reconciliation. Children, pressure from family or friends and other commonplace reasons victims return to their abusers don’t seem to apply in this case either. So, why would someone in Rihanna’s position think to give the man who her attacked her another chance?

It’s simple. Rihanna, like most of us in love, has hope. According to a 2008 article featured on the Psychology Today website, many women stay in abusive relationships because they have a strong emotional attachment to the abuser. It is safe to conclude that Rihanna may hope this time will be different. She may hope that the years have given them both a chance to mature and do things better. It’s safe to say that their fans have hope too. We hope this time they can have a great relationship and that even if it doesn’t stand the test of time, we hope it won’t go the way of 2009. However, as Chris Brown is proving with this current love triangle, time elapsed does not automatically equal maturity gained. It was mature of him to break up with Karrueche because he wanted to pursue a friendship with Rihanna. But, as he’s bounced from New York parties with Rihanna back to the West Coast to chill with Karrueche all in the same weekend, it’s clear that he still has a lot of maturing to do before he can step into a serious relationship.

Instead of standing by and waiting for Chris Brown to make his final choice, both women would do well to exit this love triangle before emotions get out of control and tempers flare. Deciding how to navigate the dating world usually does produce some mistakes and each member of this triangle is young and seemingly short on relationship experience. Ultimately, this love tripod needs one less leg in order for a healthy relationship to flourish. Who should it be?

Comments

  1. Keron Lashay Golden says:

    Chris brown should be with karrueche tran because they love food, down to earth, have the same birthday sign, the girl make him happy, the girl supports him in everything even symphonic love, she beautiful, she better than Rihanna, they don't argue alot, she can teach him how to love better and she can make him a new man by teaching him from wrong to right

    • Tran ain't stupid it's all about the blind baby , so tired of people saying she puttin up with a whole lot of shit who wouldn't cut off millions for whining what a joke she ain't trying to go back to BASIC , She can't touch a 1/4 of Rihanna Baddest girl in town !

  2. He left tran, so He should had left it like that and continued with Rihanna , down the line someone will be hurt !

  3. Cal Tecke says:

    jeez, between rihanna, chris brown, and whitney houston, the clive davis grammy party seems like a good party to skip.

Trackbacks

  1. […] Chris Brown and ex Karrueche Tran had dinner together mere hours before he partied with Rihanna according to sources close to the love triangle. According to one of Tran’s friends, she and Brown met up for dinner on Halloween before they went their separate ways. Brown was later photographed at Rihanna’s Halloween bash. “[Karrueche] saw Chris on Halloween for a minute and they talked and had some food and caught up,” said the source. “She did her own Halloween thing without Chris and she didn’t want to go party at Greystone with him even though he didn’t care if she went or not. She’s not about to stoop down to anyone’s level and it would have been a whole lot of drama if she was at that party so of course she was cool on it.” […]

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