Chris Brown has a ''soft spot'' for Karrueche Tran.

The 24-year-old singer is reported to have rekindled his relationship with his former girlfriend, following his latest split from on/off love Rihanna, 25, but although Chris and Karrueche have a special connection, friends believe he will eventually get back together with Rihanna.

A source told ''I don't know if he's in love with Karrueche but he loves her. Being in love with someone is different than loving them.

''He's just trying to look out for her as best as he can right now. Chris has a soft spot for her, but that's about it these days.''

However, a friend close to Karrueche recently insisted she doesn't feel guilty about being with Chris again so soon after his break-up with Rihanna.

The source said: ''That's not her problem. She gave them their space respectfully when they were together and it was only when Chris stopped talking to Rihanna that she started hanging with him.''

Chris, who is still on probation for violently beating Rihanna in 2009, previously revealed he would always have a soft spot for his former flame because she supported him during the worst time in his life.

He said: ''She was my friend through it all. It was a friendship more than a relationship. I still love her, but at the end of the day, it's like I got love for her. She gone always be my homie!

''I wish all the best to her. We still have a clothing line. I only want her to progress. I don't want to stop her blessings.''