It would seem like perfect timing for Chris Brown to start his forgiveness campaign. He is in the midst of releasing new songs and on Monday morning, even debuted a music video on the Today show. But can the world really overlook the fact that Brown beat up his girlfriend Rihanna back in 2009? Last week he campaigned hard on Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS FM radio show, claiming that he is a changed man. And on Monday, Brown furthered the campaign by telling Matt Lauer that beating up Rihanna “was totally wrong.”
“For me, I’ve been humbled by the whole experience,” Brown said. “For me losing everything to having to regain public opinion or whatever it is, but most importantly knowing that what I did was totally wrong. And having to have kind of deal with myself and kind forgive myself in the same breath, and being able to apologize to Rihanna and being able to be that man that can be a man.”
Matt Lauer then pointed out that Brown has allegedly been in a fight with Frank Ocean and Drake, adding that people might not view Brown as a “changed” man. “For me, it’s just a learning process,” Brown replied. “I have to just take it one day at a time. I can’t make everybody like me. It’s just about me being positive.” He added that he hopes people who have been in the same situation as he has been can be “inspired” to learn from his music.
But while the rest of the world may have a hard time trying to get “inspired” by this man’s mistakes, there’s no denying that Rihanna has forgiven Brown and that they are back together. “Yeah, everything is good,” Brown said of their relationship. “We’re fine.”
People still worry about Rihanna, though. But Brown said that he will “absolutely” never hurt Rihanna again. “I think it’s me just me proving myself once again and also just me being a man, and knowing what I did was wrong and never doing again,” he said. “So as far me [hurting her again], she knows my heart and I know her heart. I’m not really focused on the negative. Everything is positive for me.””
Brown said that a 52-week domestic violence counseling programed helped him learn how to move forward. And Brown doesn’t care if his haters think he has changed or not. “I think for me it’s about proving myself to my fans,” he said. “I think the fans have been the number one support for me, so I think the naysayers are going to have their opinions. Anything I do… it’s not going to be always, ‘Chris is the greatest.’ I’m not going to focus my life on [trying to] please those people.”
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