Karrueche Tran Talks Clothing Line & Chris Brown With Vibe
The Chris Brown, Karrueche, & Rihanna “love triangle” was possibly the most talked about publicized celebrity drama towards the end of in 2012. Although instagram, a few subliminal tweets and paparazzi shots here and there left spectators with an interpretation of what may have been going on in the ChriannTran triangle no one really knew. In their February/ March 2013 issue of VIBE sits down with the Karrueche Tran for a V exclusive. The biracial fashionista talks about her first encounter with Chris Brown, her new clothing line “The Kill” and her love life now. Check out some highlights from the interview below.
VIBE: How did you come up with the concepts for your clothing line?
Karrueche Tran: Chris [Brown] wanted to do a female line for his men’s line [“Black Pyramid”]. So he asked me to take over and “The Kill” was gonna be a women’s only line but it’s actually unisex.
VIBE: How long have you two been planning this?
Karrueche Tran: It’s been a few months. When I first started, I pretty much thought of the name. Then from there, we started making very basic sample t-shirts, hats, beanies and socks. That’s what a lot of people saw online and on Instagram. They saw certain people wearing it, so it created this really big buzz in our very first stages. We got a little bit ahead of ourselves and we wanted to do this really awesome launch on 12/12/12, but we kinda had to slow it down ‘cause things weren’t 100% completely done. That’s why we waited.
VIBE: How is the name “The Kill” representative of your life?
Karrueche Tran: I was at home one day and this song “In For The Kill” by La Roux was stuck in my head, so “The Kill” stuck out to me.
VIBE: When you took over Chris’ women’s line, was that how you guys met?
Karrueche Tran: Definitely not. Him asking me to do the line was recent. We met a couple years ago.
VIBE: Were you styling him at the time?
Karrueche Tran: I actually happened to do a random styling job out here in L.A. and that’s how we met.
VIBE: Did you anticipate that your relationship would blow up into what it is now?
Karrueche Tran: I didn’t expect it at all. We were friends for a while before we started dating.
VIBE: It seems like you keep a really tight-knit group in your personal life. How has having that support group helped you deal with everything going on in your personal life, especially since Christina has sort of gone through a similar situation as well?
Karrueche Tran: I keep it very small. I don’t really go around and tell my friends my business. I’m very personal. When I hang out with Christina, we don’t get into too much. We just kinda forget about all those negative things or whatever’s going on and just relax and have a good time. I really, really don’t tell my business when it comes to a lot, even though my business is public. The things I personally go through within myself, I tend to keep to myself. It just creates more of a drama.
VIBE: How do you feel about it? Are you happy with your love life at the current moment?
Karrueche Tran: I mean at the time, but right now of course not. It’s a lot going on but it could be a lot worse. And that’s how I look at life. I take it for what it is. I move forward, grow from it and at this point, that’s what I’m doing. I’m not gonna sit and dwell and become consumed in that negativity because I could very much be that person, especially when things are so public and so thrown in my face. But like I said, things can be much worse. So I’m good.
VIBE: Everything just gets misunderstood.
Karrueche Tran: Exactly.
VIBE: How hard is it to work with Chris with everything that’s going on?
Karrueche Tran: At the end of the day, he will always be a friend. We’ll always care about each other. We won’t allow that to interfere. Our business is business.
VIBE: Do you think you’ve found the person you could spend the rest of your life with?
Karrueche Tran: I do care about him and I do love him. Family is very important to me, and I’ve always put it in my mind to remember that. For me, I’d love to meet somebody and grow and build a foundation, but I don’t want to even think about marriage right now. I can’t even get a clothing line out. (laughs)
VIBE: Do you think there’s ever gonna come a point where it’s just gonna be too hard to maintain a friendship with him?
Karrueche Tran: I don’t know. I’m not sure. I’ve been on a rollercoaster for the past year so who knows?
VIBE: If you could sit down with Chris and Rihanna in the same room, what would you want to get off your chest?
Karrueche Tran: For everybody, emotionally, that would just be way too much. I’m a very mature person so if the time ever did come where we would need to sit down and talk, I’d do it. I’m a mature person. I can work it out but that would be a lot. (Pause) Yeah, it would be a lot
Check out more of the interview on VIBE’s website.