There’s another woman in Chris Brown’s life, who has been accused of having a relationship with him — and for mimicking Rihanna’s image — but they insist they’re just platonic, even referring to each other as brother and sister.
She’s 21-year-old Teyana Taylor, a rapper, dancer, and actress. She says she has known Chris for seven years, and she was one of the few people to (controversially) support Chris following his arrest for assaulting girlfriend Rihanna.
“When we met, we clicked instantly — from our fashion styles to our love of basketball to dancing to everything. I've known him for four years, and I was one of the only people that stood by his side when the situation happened.” she told Vibe in 2009.
In a radio interview in January, Teyana elaborated on their dynamic. “Sometimes it’s easy when you’re totally not interested in your brother. Sometimes as a sister, I fall back and give him his space because that is my, like, best friend. As a sister and as a woman, I give him his space because I know that’s the space I would want, because that is my best friend.”
Teyana is signed on to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label and has released three albums so far. She has also been featured on several other rap, hip-hop, and soul songs. As an actress, she’s appeared in two Stomp the Yard movies and Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family.
It’s easy to think that she and Chris are more than friends, but Teyana says the speculation doesn’t bother her. “This is total fabrication by the media,” she told Global Grind, “but I don’t let that kind of stuff bother me…I just laugh it off.”