Bow Wow On Rihanna And Chris Brown Situation: 'They Need Space'

'I wish them the best,' rapper says of the two.

[artist id="1219435"]Bow Wow[/artist] knows all too well the scrutiny that the media can put on a young high-profile couple, after his very public relationship with

[artist id="1801883"]Ciara[/artist]. He explained to MTV News that when he first heard about the alleged incident between [artist id="1961441"]Chris Brown[/artist] and [artist id="1940303"]Rihanna[/artist], he thought it was a rumor.

"The first thing that came to mind was that it was a story," Bow Wow said, before explaining that you really can't believe everything you read on blogs and various Web sites. "I've been in the game for a long time. I've been in a high-profile relationship before, so I understand. I think that the best thing that needs to happen for the both of them is that they just need the space."

He added that people should take both artists' feelings into consideration.

"You got so many people that want to say this and say that. You have a publicist. She has a publicist. It's tough, because to you, this is my 'wifey' and I'm her 'dude,' but to the public they are superstars."

He went on to say that this situation is no different than that of any other normal couple, and the two involved should get the respect that they deserve.

"My momma always told me that it's best that if it ain't your business, stay out of it — so I wish them the best. I hope that they bounce back and get back to what we know them for doing, and that's putting out good music."

He has not had the chance to speak to either party, but thinks that another opinion is the last thing either artist probably wants right now.

"He probably don't want to hear that, right ... she probably doesn't want to hear that either. Her birthday just passed," he continued. "You just really have to let them live."

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