Karrueche, Chris Brown

*Like most of you reading this, we wouldn’t even know the name Karrueche Tran if it wasn’t for Chris Brown. Their relationship is the primary reason she has a career in front of the camera, and now in a new interview, she claims their toxic union has prevented her from excelling in Hollywood.

Madame Noire reports that the 27-year-old “actress” says that her decision to go back to Brown after he betrayed and publicly embarrassed her has made many industry folks reluctant to work with her.

“A lot of people think I am a weak individual because of past situations, and when it comes to business sometimes people don’t want to be involved with somebody like that,” Tran explained to BBC Newsbeat. “Which is understandable, but it sucks, because I’m not a weak person.”

Tran called it quits with Brown earlier this year after reading on TMZ that he fathered a child with another woman, and now she’s trying to create a name for herself in the industry without being associated to Brown’s.

“I used to date him, and now as I am growing into myself and maturing and getting my career together, I am starting to have my own name without having to be associated,” she said.

Chris has made a few attempts to rekindle the romance with his ex, even going so far as stalking her outside a night club and obsessing over her social media profile, which has resulted in endless brash comments from Team Breezy fans.

Karrueche describes how she has had to learn to “block out” negative comments on social media.

“I feel like I shouldn’t have to explain myself to anybody because this is my life and I can do whatever I want. But in the same breath, it’s like, now that I am trying to focus on my career and get my stuff together, I have to clear up certain things.

“Negative stuff was being said and being brought up. A lot of people were like ‘she’s only famous because of Chris Brown.'”

Karrueche says she’s no longer in contact with Chris, and adds “we’re not friends or anything like that at this point”.

Click here to read the full interview.