Dawn Richard has been living her life in the public eye since she made her reality-TV debut on "Making the Band" as one of the five ladies of [artist id="2400155"]Danity Kane[/artist]. After the [news id="1603737"]group's very public split over the last few months[/news], Richard knows what it's like to be in the media spotlight.
While she said she hasn't spoken to either [artist id="1961441"]Chris Brown[/artist] or [artist id="1940303"]Rihanna[/artist] since their alleged altercation before the Grammy Awards — "I've seen them a couple times before all this stuff, but I don't know them like that," she said — she is "praying for both of them.
"I think they're both great artists," she said. "It's a shame and I think it's their business and it sucks that it has to be out there. [The media attention is] like a microscope — everybody's in your stuff. It's their business and whatever they choose to do with it, I wish them luck. It's not my business."
[artist id="2002414"]Ne-Yo[/artist], who said [news id="1605677"]he's spoken with Rihanna[/news], and [news id="1605872"]Bow Wow recently spoke with MTV News[/news] about the situation.
Even with all of Richard's experience of being scrutinized by the public, she says she can't offer Brown and Rihanna much advice.
"I can't give them anything 'cause I went through my thing and it went all wrong," she said. "You just pray. I do wish them luck. I wish that everybody would back off and let them deal with it the way they deal with it. I can't give advice. I can say positivity is the best thing you can do right now. Just stay positive and just surround yourself with people who are positive."