When referencing Chris Brown’s recent interview on TodayEntertainment Weekly points out that April 1 probably wasn’t the best day Brown might want to open up about his spotty history (to put it mildly) and admit that what he did was “totally wrong” with regards to the brutality incident with his girlfriend Rihanna back in 2009. With that said, he appears to be completely serious in his apology and admission of fault, only laughing nervously a few times in his interview with Matt Lauer on the talk show “Today”.

I’ve been humbled by the whole experience, from me losing everything to me having to regain public opinion, or whatever it is. But most importantly, you know, knowing that what I did was totally wrong, and having to kind of deal with myself and 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, you know?

Chris Brown was openly willing to discuss the felony he was convicted of in 2009, as well as how the public might perceive his new attitude. “I think everybody is entitled to their opinion. For me, it’s just a learning process,” Brown said, when Lauer casually called him out for some of his recent shenanigans, and referenced the cynics that might think this new found display of remorse might be closely tied to the release of his new album. “I have to just take it one day at a time. I can’t make everybody like me. I think, for my album, and what I’m promoting as far as the single or whatever it is, it’s just about me being positive. And everything I’m doing with my music is hopefully to inspire the world and inspire people that have been in my situation, or even anybody who’s trying to learn from me.

Lauer makes a good point in suggesting that many people might reserve final judgment on Brown’s attempt to be humble and remorseful until after the album drops and some time has past. Given Brown’s run-ins with the law, not to mention the abuse on his girlfriend in 2009, actions will most definitely speak louder than words in his case, and it’s not unreasonable that people might want to reserve forgiveness over his past indiscretions until he’s proven he’s genuinely changing and overcoming his issues. At 23 years old, he still has time to change his image and his character if he wants to. The optimist in me hopes he does.

Here’s his new single “Fine China.”

Text written by Kelly West

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