Grammy Award-winning R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo said the photo of Rihanna’s injuries and the related situation “hurt me to my heart”. “I spoke to Rihanna. She says she’s fine. She didn’t go into detail about what happened,” Ne-Yo told MTV early this week. “That just really… that hurt me to my heart, man.” For Ne-Yo, the situation between Chris Brown and Rihanna hits close to home. In recent years the trio has been well connected. They’ve toured together, recorded songs like “Hate That I Love You;’ and shared the stage at major events like the MTV Video Music Awards. In fact, it was Ne-Yo who sort of confirmed Brown and Rihanna’s relationship late last year, stating “They tear hair out of each other and argue. I’ve seen them kiss and make up like other couples do.” That being said, Ne-Yo remains loyal to both stars, including Chris Brown. “I’m not going to crucify him,” says the “Miss Independent” singer. “I haven’t had a chance to talk to Chris yet. I just wanna sit down and talk to that dude and just explain if he doesn’t understand: ‘That’s not something that’s excusable, bruh. You have to get a little smarter about whatever it is going on in your relationship. You have to get a little smarter about how you handle certain situations.” For more on Ne-Yo and his response to the Chris Brown-Rihanna altercation visit MTV.com.