By Jacob Wittich
WE’LL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE IF CHRIS BROWN’S MEA CULPA TOUR IS JUST AN APRIL FOOL’S JOKE. The singer’s kicked off his promotions-cum-apology tour on TODAY where he debuted his ‘honesty policy’ while discussing hot Rihanna, Drake and his pop career.
Breezy dropped by NBC’s struggling morning show for an interview with Matt Lauer in search of some positive PR to reverse his ‘public enemy number one’ reputation that followed his 2009 assault on then-and-now girlfriend Rihanna.
Lauer cut right to the chase, jumping immediately to questions about Brown’s assault on Rihanna, and asking how he has changed since the incident.
“I’ve been humbled by the whole experience from me losing everything to me having to regain public opinion, but most importantly knowing what I did was totally wrong,” Brown confessed.
Brown referenced his 52 weeks of mandatory domestic violence counseling, which he claims really helped him to learn his lesson. He went so far as to promise that such abuse will never happen again.
“I think it’s just me proving myself once again, and also me just being a man, and knowing what I did was wrong and never doing it again,” Brown said. “As far as me and [Rihanna] are concerned, she knows my heart and I know her heart.”
While many still aren’t convinced that Breezy’s learned his lesson, he did make through the entire interview without throwing a chair out the window like he did in 2011 on Good Morning America. So at least there’s been minor improvements in anger management.
Continuing with his April Fools tour, Brown sat down with Angie Martinez on radio station Hot 97. Martinez, who confessed to loving Brown’s new honesty policy, also left nothing off the table. The talk ranged from his love triangle with Ri and Karrueche Tran, beefs with Drake and Frank Ocean, as well as Oprah and his upcoming album.
“I wanted to be more of a man,” Breezy said about his decision to release a video confessing his love triangle with Rihanna and Karrueche last year. “Me being young … I did a lot of lying, I did everything just to make sure nobody gets hurt in the process. I just don’t feel it’s necessary anymore in my life. Nobody can hate me for being honest. I had to just be brutal. … It’s never an easy situation to tell another person that you still love another person, so that’s kinda difficult.”
Brown admitted that despite their brutal breakup, he and Karrueche have managed to maintain friends, which Rihanna supports, but only “to a degree.”
Discussion of love triangles then extended to the brief fling Rihanna had with Drake that led to Brown’s infamous bar brawl with the rapper. Martinez questioned whether or not Rihanna had any issues with Drake. Breezy kept his response short and simple (minded).
”I don’t really try to talk about him when I’m around her. I just lay the pipe,” he said.
Finally the talk got around to Brown’s upcoming album, X, due out this summer. Brown confirmed that his goal is to have 10 music videos for the album, since, duh, X is the Roman numeral for the number 10. In addition, the singer is working to get features such as Nicki Minaj, JLO and even Rihanna on the release.
Amid all the April Fools hoopla, Breezy managed to release X’s first music video and single, Fine China. Check it out.
Jacob Wittich is pop music fanatic majoring in journalism at Columbia College Chicago. Follow him @JacobWittich on Twitter.