In a rare show of remorse and other complex emotions, Chris Brown opened up to The Mirror about his 2009 assault of Rihanna, calling it the “biggest mistake” and “deepest regret” of his life. The singer added that he worked hard for Rihanna’s forgiveness, which apparently is how they were able to reconcile and rekindle their relationship now, four years later. ”Sometimes you row, you fight, with the one you love and things get said, stuff spirals,” Brown said. Oh, and he still has an issue with haters.
“That night was the deepest regret of my life, the biggest mistake,” the singer said. “But she loves me — what can I say? I’m forgiven…but, yes, I worked hard for it.” Brown added that, with the support of Team Breezy, he was able to mature after the experience: “I’ve learned a lot since that night and I’ve grown up. I was very young and I took a lot of stuff, fame, for granted.” Brown is at least trying to say the right things, which is an improvement from his prior ruminations on the subject. And who knows, maybe behind closed doors he really did work hard for RiRi’s forgiveness. That said — he still seems unable to understand why people criticize him, showing the same disdain for people who “judge” him without “knowing” him.
Towing the same stubborn line, Brown said,”People attack me and criticise me, it happens all the time. But they don’t know me, and they don’t know us. It doesn’t bother me any more. Other people can judge us but they don’t know anything.” Look, we’re just asking for a modicum of self-awareness here. Sure, you shouldn’t dictate your actions based on how it will affect your standing with outside observers. One of the first things you learn in grade school is “Don’t worry about what other people think.” So, fine.
But dude, just have the common sense to understand that people have valid reasons for criticizing you years after you pummeled your girlfriend’s face. You threw a tantrum after an interview (which you agreed to do) that delved into said pummeling…you were involved in a bar brawl with Drake…you spewed a string of misogynist tweets at a female comedian…you offended the whole world with your Halloween costume…you allegedly jumped Frank Ocean…you compared yourself to Jesus…you probably lied about your court-ordered community service stemming from your assault of your girlfriend. And yet after all that you complain about people not liking you! The point being — if you’re going to act like a dick, at least be able to realize you’re acting like a dick. Instead of goading the crowd like a pro wrestling villain, just shut up about it and be a dick!
Read the full interview here.