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Rap artist Bow Wow recently got up close and personal with OK! about the ongoing investigation into Chris Brown‘s alleged beating of girlfriend Rihanna.

While promoting his new album New Jack City II at NYC’s Planet Hollywood Times Square on Feb. 23, Bow Wow told OK! that when he first heard the news of Chris and Rihanna’s fight, he didn’t know what to think.

"I mean, being in the business, the first thing is ‘ah, it’s false, another rumor, bloggers just wanting to have traffic to their site,’" Bow Wow tells OK!. "But when the story was unfolding, it was kind of shocking to all. Chris is a good friend of mine. We’ve had the opportunity to tour together. And then Rihanna, she’s just a beautiful person. Period. Never done no wrong to nobody."

Bow Wow continues, "At the end of the day I’ve always believed in whatever happens with people’s business…my mom always told me don’t get into. And the situation is so major I think they just need their space and I think they need to deal with it."

The rapper says the media needs to back off the estranged couple because it’s making it harder for them both.

 
"I’ve been in a high profile relationship before and I know how it feels when everybody’s in your business. It just puts more pressure. And the only way they’re going to get over the situation is just to let them deal with it. And that’s what I really want to do. I’m praying for them both."

Bow Wow, who says he hasn’t spoken to either Chris or Rihanna, says he couldn’t believe the horrifying picture that leaked on the internet last week, showing the singer with cuts and bloodied bruises on her face.

"Just shocking," he tells OK!.  "I mean we heard what happened but we really didn’t get a visual for it. But I mean hey, man. The picture speaks for itself."

By Laura Lane

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