Talking to OWN’s Iyanla Vanzant, the model is opening up about her former relationship with the rapper and how it quickly dissolved into a high-profile love triangle involving Rihanna. But after years of on-again, off-again (now reportedly off after he allegedly fathered a child), Tran reveals what she saw in Breezy.
“I wanted to love him because that’s what he needs,” she says. “Love.”
But Vanzant challenges Tran’s answer, asking her how she knows what Brown “needs,” which Tran quickly responds with, “I know what he needs after four years, I know.”
In another preview clip, Vanzant asks Tran if she knew the “Loyal” rapper was so heavily involved with Rihanna, even after they got together. While she was of course aware of her then-boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend and his violent past, she didn’t know the extent of RiRi’s relationship with Brown.
“I was under the impression that it was a friend-type of…not a friend but it wasn’t what it became to be,” she says. But deep down, she confesses, she was suspicious of Brown, but says she didn’t want to believe what was happening. Vanzant immediately calls her out for being in such strong denial.
“‘I knew, but I didn’t want to believe it,'” Vanzant echoes. “Huge mistake! Huge.”
Tran also opens up about her penchant for social media and how she has “learned the hard way” about keeping feelings and emotions off the Internet.
“It’s nobody’s business but you and the person or just you yourself, and that again allows everybody to, it leaves an open space for everybody to say what they want and have an opinion,” she says. “I’ve learned it a few times, but I’ve learned it the hard way.”
Tran isn’t the only one who seems to be speaking out about Brown, as his other ex-girlfriend threw some subtle shade while appearing at a junket for her movie Home.
“I fell in love with the Beast,” she said with a laugh, referencing the 1991 Disney classic Beauty and the Beast, but then she continued, “Pretty much my dating record so far.”
Iyanla Exclusive: Karrueche Tran premieres March 28 at 8 p.m. on OWN.