The Chris Brown/Rihanna saga is unique in many ways. There’s the 2009 domestic violence incident that irreparably marred their relationship. And they have to play out their on-again, off-again love affair under the glare of media scrunity and in the court of public opinion. But they aren’t the first man and woman to be swept up in a love triangle.

While Chris Brown was in a committed relationship to Karrueche Tran, his budding friendship with Rihanna began to get public attention. First, news broke that the former lovers were appearing on two songs together. Then, they were tweeting pleasantries at each other while subliminal shots were reportedly being thrown between Rihanna and Brown’s current girlfriend.

Fast-forward to August 19th’s episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” and Rihanna’s openly confessing that she’s still in love with Chris Brown and revealing that seeing him is “awkward” because he’s in a relationship. Next, they’re hugging and kissing in public at the 2012 MTV VMAs.

As recently as last night, they were photographed sitting next to each other at Jay-Z’s Barclays Center concert. Today, Chris Brown has released this statement to select media outlets, announcing that he’s ended his relationship with Karrueche Tran and that his friendship with Rihanna was a factor:

“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.”

It’s always tricky managing a friendship with your ex while you’re in a new relationship, especially when your new partner isn’t comfortable with you staying in touch with your old flame. There’s the option of cutting your ex off completely, or staying in communication with your ex even though it’s a point of contention for your current relationship.

Chris Brown chose to end his new relationship altogether as it seems distancing himself from Rihanna was not an option.

What would you do in that scenario, Clutchettes? Would you dump your mate because of your relationship with your ex?

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