Rihanna and Chris Brown perform on stage during Z100's Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

Chris Brown released a statement today officially announcing that he has broken up with his girlfriend Karrueche Tran, in order to continue 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.”

Tuesday, Chris Brown was spotted wearing sweatpants and a hoodie, sneaking out of the Gansevoort Hotel in New York City, the same hotel Rihanna was reportedly staying at.

Last night Rihanna and Chris Brown were spotting together at Jay-Z’s fifth of eight concerts at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Rap Radar’s Elliott Wilson snapped a picture of the pair sitting next to each other in the VIP section of the stadium with Brown’s arm around the “We Found Love” singer’s chair.

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