Chris Brown Says That Brutally Beating Girlfriend Rihanna Is His ‘Greatest Regret’

“But she loves me — what can I say?"

Ugh … believe me, nothing pains me more than having to write anything about Chris Brown but in the hopes that the man convicted of brutally assaulting his girlfriend has learned to be a better person, I’m willing to make an exception. As you may know, Brown and girlfriend Rihanna have gotten back together again even after he was arrested and tried for her brutal beating back in 2009. In an interview with the Daily Mirror, CB reveals that his vicious act of violence against Rihanna is his “greatest regret”, his “biggest mistake”. While I, personally, cannot fathom ever allowing a person who beat me into my life again, it’s quite clear that Rihanna has forgiven Chris and has chosen to stick with him. Click below to read what Brown has to say about regrets and inexplicable love.

Chris Brown has opened up about his 2009 assault on Rihanna, saying it was his “greatest regret.” The R&B singer, who is still on probation for the brutal attack, told The Mirror, “Sometimes you row, you fight, with the one you love and things get said, stuff spirals.” He added that the “Diamonds” singer has forgiven him after many months of “serious making up.” “That night was the deepest regret of my life, the biggest mistake,” he told the UK publication. “But she loves me — what can I say? I’m forgiven… but, yes, I worked hard for it.” Brown knows that portions of the public have not forgiven him for what he did to his then-girlfriend on eve of the Grammys four years ago. During Sunday’s Oscars, host Seth MacFarlane even made a cringe-worthy comparison about the violence in “Django Unchained” as Rihanna and Brown’s version of a “date movie.” “People attack me and criticize me, it happens all the time. But they don’t know me, and they don’t know us. It doesn’t bother me anymore. Other people can judge us but they don’t know anything,” he said. The couple, who split over the incident, are now officially back together. Rihanna told Rolling Stone last month that dating Brown makes her happy and “if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake.” She added it would be a deal-breaker if he displayed any indication of his past behavior again. “He doesn’t have the luxury of fucking up again,” she said. “That’s just not an option. I can’t say that nothing else will ever go wrong. But I’m pretty solid in the knowing that he’s disgusted by that.” The controversial pair recently celebrated Rihanna’s 25th birthday in Hawaii. Brown told Page Six on Oscar night at Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Bash, “We are really happy. She is the most beautiful girl in the world.”

As much as I would like to believe that Chris Brown is a changed man, I don’t think enough time has passed to make me a believer. I, personally, am of the mind that a violent person like this usually never changes but … I guess there are exceptions for every individual … and hope springs eternal. For Rihanna‘s sake, I hope Chris Brown has learned his lesson and will never, ever raise a hand to her again. I say this with all sincerity, I pray that Chris Brown proves me wrong and will never again lay a hand on another person ever again.

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  1. Ugh….just ugh…… He’s terrible. She’s an idiot.

  2. I really don’t buy the act he is trying to sell. His actions up till now have not shown any remorse. He is in the public eye and should know these questions will come up, but as soon as he was asked about it in an interview, he goes into another rage and tears off his shirt and throws a chair out the window. Where was his regret and sadness?? In my opinion, he thinks that since she forgave him, that he is entitled for everyone to forget and see him as completely remorseful and changed. I just hope for her sake that history does not repeat itself.

    • “His actions up till now have not shown any remorse”

      Exactly. When he goes around getting into fights with Drake, Frank Ocean, on GMA (etc), it just shows that he is still a very violent person. For her sake, I really hope she doesn’t get hurt again…but if he never touches her again but still beats other people, I won’t consider that progress either.

    • I know I’m not alone on this, but whether it happens again or not is completely inconsequential when it comes to physical abuse. It happened once and that’s enough to last a lifetime. They are both deluding themselves, choosing to be in ignorant bliss for the sake of being together. (Maybe that’s why Rihanna can’t put down the pot?) I’m particularly peeved by his words “but she loves me — what can I say? I’m forgiven… but, yes, I worked hard for it.” You are completely right, Meesha. Worked? In past tense? Oh man, just that gives ME the goosies.

  3. Akili

    As a former CB fan, I just hope he’s getting therapy. He has anger issues. Point blank period. It goes beyond what he did to Rihanna. His twitter wars, his inability to take the high road at times–all signs of not only immaturity, but severe anger issues that if left undealt with can and will lead to a repeat of Grammy Night 2009.

    My issue with post-attack CB has always been his attitude of entitlement that the public should just “get over” what happened or “mind their own business.” Its like he never took what happened seriously.

    For whatever reason Rihanna has decided to be back with him. I’m over caring. But for his sake, I hope he’s finding a way to deal with his own issues. Pissed off and unable to deal is no way to live.

  4. “She added it would be a deal-breaker if he displayed any indication of his past behavior again.”

    So his behavior has changed? I guess throwing a chair at a window at GMA is progress or the fight in the nightclub with Drake.

    I have lost all respect for Rihanna. Chris Brown hasn’t changed, and he will not change. Ugh. I wish these two will go away.

  5. Vicky

    He’s going to f*ck her life up like Bobby did Whitney’s.

  6. GemmaZ

    These two need to crawl back into the hole they crawled out of… seriously, Rihianna has set womens movement back 50 yrs! Good job RiRi! Take back the man that beat your ass…

  7. You know that feeling you get when you first realize you got the wind knocked out of you? Kind of a disbelief mixed with nausea and a sudden need for air? That’s how I feel when I see these two together now. Makes. Me. Vomit.

  8. His attitude is just so terrible that I never believe I thing that comes out of his mouth.

  9. Steph

    When he says things like “Sometimes you row, you fight, with the one you love and things get said, stuff spirals.” in response to his actions, he is saying it is excusable.

    We all fight with our partners, the difference is we don’t punch our partners in the face because we are upset. “Stuff” doesn’t just “spiral”.

    If he really wants people off his back, come out and say you have anger issues, say you were abusive, admit you need and are getting help to deal with those anger issues. Don’t keep blaming your actions on someone or something else.

  10. Megan

    I have never heard him say that what he did was horrible and wrong and appalling. It’s like he hasn’t even realized how bad what he did is/taken responsibility in his own head for what he did. That’s why I refuse to ever listen to his music again or even give him the benefit of the doubt. He has shown no real remorse.

    • My mom visited a little while ago, and at one point we were in my car with the radio on. I lunged to change the radio station, and she looked at me confused. “That was a Chris Brown song. He won’t be played in my car”, I said. She completely understood. I refuse to be his audience.

  11. Whit

    The question of us as a public forgiving him has come up alot, wih bloggers, commenters, and celebrities. But my question, and I don’t want a debate here, is why do we as a public feel entitled to any type of apology? Is it because he is a public figure, because his girlfriend is one as well? If this were God-forbid, one of our friends and her/his spouse, would we demand an apology?

    Does he owe the public remorse, if the one who was truly the victim has forgiven him? Because it would seem, that those who are willing to support him, will continue to do so while those who don’t- won’t.
    I just have never understood this notion of “forgiveness” the public has with celebrities, as if they need our approval. Sure, we sit on blogs, comment, and write stories about them. But in truth, the only way they benefit is from our money. They don’t, IMO need our approval, they just need our money.

    If you don’t support, don’t buy it but know someone else will- Charlie Sheen is proof of that.

    As it has been stated, I hope Chris has changed and made positive steps and that he and Rih are in a better place than they were the last go around.

    • I totally see what you’re saying. I don’t think celebrities owe us apologies, unless maybe they insult their fans or something? I would want an apology from my friend’s spouse though!

      For me though, this has more to do with him showing remorse. Until he can convince me that he understands what he did and how it would upset people, rather than telling the paying public to get over it, I won’t be supporting him in any way. I know it doesn’t matter to him, though, so I don’t EXPECT him to apologize to me. And then it makes me sick to see the music industry all but forgive him, when he doesn’t seem deserving for his peers to forgive so easily, whom I think are closer to the situation and should be demanding more from him and they just aren’t.

    • It has nothing to do with an “apology”, IMO. It is more about making it clear that what he did was so very wrong to kids and young adults. He choked a woman until she passed out, and ever since has been acting like he doesn’t know why people won’t get over it. Volunteering at a shelter or making PSAs about domestic violence aimed at teens would go a long way. Not because it s an apology, but because it would acknowledge severity of his crime. This is a very public version of a crime that gets committed everyday all across our country, and is vastly under reported to the police. It DOES matter how it plays out.

    • @Whit — “why do we as a public feel entitled to any type of apology?”

      Because as a convicted criminal, he owes it to the public to vow never to break the law again … for the safety of the public. yes, he assaulted one person but in the eyes of the law, he committed a crime against the public as well … which is why we have Criminal Prosecutors. Yes, they prosecute criminals on behalf of individuals but many times, they try criminals on behalf of the State. CB committed a crime against the State when he physically assaulted another member of the State (his victim, Rihanna) so that’s why I personally think he owes us an apology.

    • Showing remorse and asking for forgiveness (in the literal sense) are too different concepts in my book. I sure as hell don’t expect a public apology from Chris Brown (nor do I care for it), but for someone who genuinely feels bad about a pretty serious matter, showing remorse and humility shouldn’t be such a problem. That’s just common decency. And, on this, he keeps failing.

      Also, Chris himself is awfully concerned about the way the PUBLIC perceives him. He is very reactive (in awful ways) to what the public says about him. Like MeshaJ mentioned above, it seems like he feels the public HAS to forget. This obnoxious sense of entitlement keeps showing his true colors.

    • Ugh, no he doesn’t have to apologize, but then, the public doesn’t have to give their money to an asshat. Sure, there could be SOME who might still think he’s dope, but many more will think he’s just a dope and will relegate him to the same dark, forgotten corner where things like lost smelly old fungus covered gym socks end up.

  12. “But she loves me — what can I say?”
    That sentence alone pisses me off. It almost feels like he’s rubbing it in our faces that he’s “won”. Even though we, the public, are disgusted by him, his life is back to normal. Better than normal! Ri took him back, he’s been nominated for Grammy’s and even got to perform twice last year, and he’s still got a huge following.
    All while he’s still picking fights and throwing temper tantrums.
    This “man” is one of the few people I’m truly disgusted by.

  13. I am a staunch supporter of second chances. Blindly, I thought he deserved it at one point. Their relationship was volatile: I read the excerpts of that night and she also did her share of hitting, fighting, and instigating, although albeit the physical damage to him was minimal (really, none). He went through his stage of withdrawal from the public initially and went through anger management. I gave him two claps and hoped that he would be more humble and respectful.
    However, his attitude about everything after that just started to go downhill. His tantrum at Good Morning America (Trent posted about this and you can see my comments about supporting him), his tweets, and his overall demeanor about how the ‘public’ thinks he’s such a menace. Obviously, after a highly publicized domestic abuse case, you’d think that he would tone it down and PROVE that he’s no longer that douche everyone perceives him to be, right? Nope. He wasn’t remorseful. He damn sure fooled me at the beginning.. and I was such a Breezy fan for a hot minute.
    That “What can I say?” statement truly is disgusting, and I agree with the comments above. It’s like he’s shrugging off the past, instead of being humbled by it.
    Moreso, I’m disgusted by them both. They haven’t grown up, nor have they learned from this. Rihanna and CB have always had this attitude that they ‘have no f*cks to give.’ Really, if it weren’t for any of their faithful followers, they wouldn’t even be around today. They need better PR agents to filter their idiotic comments too.

  14. I don’t buy anything he says because he said the word “row” which is British vernacular. you have to have a grasp of the English language before you can claim to have poetic license in any other vernacular. I’m pretty sure Chris Brown is illiterate. Therefore, he did not actually say those things and we can continue believing he has not changed.

  15. Really disappointed in Rihanna, thought she was stronger and wiser, but obviously her choice has proved her stupidity when comes to men. THUMBS DOWN for choosing a man who beat you brutally!!!!
    The history will happen again, she may need 2nd time to realize how stupid she was/is!!!!!!!!!!!

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