Chris Brown's on/off girlfriend Karrueche Tran struggled to deal with the heavy criticism she faced while dating the embattled R&B singer, insisting she found it "very hard" to brush off the backlash.

The Kiss Kiss hitmaker embarked on a romance with model Tran in 2011, two years after he was convicted of assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna on the eve of the Grammy Awards in 2009.

Brown and Tran split in 2012 as he attempted to rekindle his relationship with the Umbrella beauty, but he reconciled with the model in 2013 until they parted ways again earlier this year (14).

The model admits the intense media scrutiny of their on-again, off-again romance really got to her at times, but she refused to let public opinion sway her feelings about her involvement in such a high-profile relationship.

She tells Annex magazine, "I was going through a situation that we all are very familiar of (sic). I had a lot of criticism and comments... At the time, it was honestly very hard to deal with because people were saying really cruel things.

"Having to go through a rough time and then on top of that, having to deal with a ton of Bs (bulls**t) was a bit overwhelming.

"Never allow people's opinions to justify your life. Live your life because, at the end of the day, you've only got you."