Chris Brown is finally at a place where he can talk about the incident with Rihanna openly, a definite sign of personal growth. In a recent interview On Air with Ryan Seacrest, the R&B heartthrob opened up about his character flaws, being young and arrogant at the time, and maturing as a man.
On Maturing and Being Responsible… “People are entitled to their opinions. I can’t go around blaming. It’s all about my responsibility and me growing up as a man. So I think now that I’m becoming older, and trying to mature in this life under the public eye at all times, I have to focus on doing the right thing and being more of a humble individual."
On Losing it All … “You can lose it all. I’m not just saying fame or stardom because that’s not what it’s about. I’m talking about dignity [and] integrity. You know, you lose yourself in a way. So that process of me having to deal with any trials and tribulations I went through at that time, it was a learning step for me. Everything was learning, and I learned from certain mistakes, and I’m getting better as the days come.”
On Being Nervous That Rihanna Would Never Forgive Him… “I just tried my best to be the best man I could be over the years and just show her how remorseful and sorry I was for the incident and that time was probably the worst part of my life and being that she has and she’s a wonderful person I’m eternally grateful and thankful.”
On Their Relationship … “It’s still like we’re kids. I try not to be too grown and be like, ‘Lets have candlelight dinner every night.’ I try to make sure everything is fun. It has to be fun and it has to be genuine.”
On Blaming Only Himself For His Mistakes … “I could put that on my age but that would just be making an excuse. I think for me that at age 18, 19 I was capable of writing and producing songs, so I’m also capable of making the right choices. So I think it’s about a learning process now. Being at that young age I can tell you I was arrogant and definitely hotheaded. Everybody has a temper, but for me it was not knowing how to control it when I thought I had the world in my hands."
Chris Brown is gearing up for the release of a new album, X, and a new single “Fine China,” which will be released on April 1.