The tag of Chris Brown as a bad boy began when he battered his then-girlfriend Rihanna, which subsequently led to the end of the relationship. Even though many came to believe that women would avoid him at least for some time, he soon found love in yet another woman, Karrueche Tran who surprisingly didn’t find a problem taking the whole relationship public. There is no doubt that the relationship has helped in making her more famous, but she has also done a lot for herself as a model, actress, and entrepreneur.
Tran has put in so much effort in making a name for herself that she currently runs her own clothing line known as The Kill. As an actress, she has played both big and small roles with a few awards to show for it. Her popularity is not super glaring, however, her life has been filled with a lot of interesting events, right from the onset.
Her Name Speaks of Her Mixed Racial Identity
Now famed as Karrueche Tran, the name this ex-girlfriend of Chris Brown was given after she was birthed on the 17th of May 1998 was Karrueche Tientrese Tran. Born in Los Angeles, California, Tran is a citizen of the United States of America but of mixed ethnicity. She is one of two children born to Cindy Tran and Devon Minters. Her mother Cindy is from Vietnam while her father is an African American.
Her unique name is a testament to her unique racial identity. It is said that her African-American father and Vietnamese mother made up the name based on their respective heritage. One may be quick to conclude it’s an odd name but the actress begs to differ. She has come to love and embrace the name because it represents her identity and sets her apart.
Even though Karrueche was solely raised by her mother, with the help of her Jamaican godmother, she doesn’t speak Vietnamese fluently. According to her, she grew up surrounded by different cultures and races. This has helped her as an adult as she is very open to accepting and relating with people regardless of who or what they are.
Karrueche Tran Has an English Stepdad
Yes, Karrueche Tran’s biological parents are no longer together. They divorced a long time ago and her mother got remarried to an English man who is now her stepdad.
Although this doesn’t mean the actress can now identify as English, there is no doubt that her mother’s second marriage has elaborated her scope as someone with diverse family background.
Her father was hardly around when she was growing up and was scarcely part of her upbringing. But the actress has been able to maintain a close relationship with the man. From what we learned, he is openly bisexual and in a relationship with a male partner. This is another thing that has contributed to the actress’ open-mindedness.
Her Career Has Faced Some Multiracial Problems
Some studies have concluded that multiracial people are significantly more likely to show lower self-esteem when they are asked to disclose their multiracial identity. What Karrueche has faced in her career offers an insight into why this may be so. The actress has been criticized several times for issues related to her racial identity, one of these was for using the N-word.
But Tran wouldn’t be bullied into forsaking her identity, she has always asserted that her father is black and identifies as both Vietnamese and Black. The actress would admit that the identity issue is quite tiresome because at times it’s as though she is not black enough and not Asian enough.
Nevertheless, Trans is determined to not let this or anything slow her down in the things she hopes to accomplish in her career. Looking at what she has attained thus far, it is pretty obvious she has come a long way. Her rise to fame began when she started working as a freelance celebrity stylist. Karrueche Tran knew that once she had her way in Hollywood, being a part of the industry wouldn’t be hard to attain. Not too long after, she began to model and became the face of Lady Crooks and also the face for the Spring/Summer Lookbook in 2015 for a French-based athletic brand named Le Coq Sportif.
The model kept her dreams on track and has featured on the cover for a lot of magazines including Rolling out Magazine, Ouch Magazine, The Hundreds, Bleu Magazine, and more. She is currently part of the beautiful and endowed set of models working for the Wilhelmina Models in Los Angeles, USA. Karrueche Tran decided that being a model wasn’t her last call, so she started acting with a small role where she played Vivian Johnson in the digital drama series, “The Bay”. She would feature in “The Fright Nite Flies” and “3 Headed Shark Attack” before pulling off her breakthrough as Vannessa Ivy on the fashion web series, “Vanity”.
The Timeline of Tran’s Relationship With Chris Brown
Chris Brown met Karrueche when she was doing a styling job on set sometime around 2011. They took a liking for each other and began dating soon after. Rumors soon began making the rounds that they had split even before they had their first break up.
It was later confirmed that they parted ways but came back in 2013. They continued with their relationship and things were quite smooth for them until in 2015 when the model found out that Chris had a fling with Nia Guzman which resulted in the birth of a baby girl.
All through 2016 and into 2017, they entertained the public with the bitterness that ensued between them on social media. In February of the latter year, she got a court order to restrict Chris from getting anywhere close to her; it was a temporary order that was later extended to 5 years, effectively bringing an end to their story.
Meet Her Boyfriend Victor Cruz
Unverified reports had it that Karrueche dated William Ray Norwood Jr who is popularly known as Ray J in 2014. It has also been claimed that she dated Jayceon Terrell Taylor, the American rapper fondly called The Game in 2015.
Apart from Ray J and The Game, it is said that she had a thing with Travis Scott and Nyle DiMarco. Thereafter, she was romantically linked to Quavious Keyate Marshall popularly known as Quova; a member of the hip-hop trio, Migos.
While all of those are yet to be authenticated in any meaningful way, we can confirm that Karrueche Tran has been dating a former American footballer since 2017.
Born on the 11th of November 1986, Tran’s current boyfriend is a former American football wide receiver who played for the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears of NFL.
Victor Cruz had an illustrious career that saw him participate in Pro Bowl 2012 and win Super Bowl XLVI with the Giants. Following his retirement, Cruz joined ESPN as an analyst.
Cruz and Tran have been dating since 2017 and it has been speculated that they might be getting engaged in the nearest future.