Ne-Yo Won’t Write A ‘Chris Brown Bash Song’ For Rihanna

'I'm not gonna turn my back on a person I call my friend because he made a mistake,' singer/songwriter tells MTV News.

Now that Chris Brown has apologized for the altercation that took place earlier this year between him and [artist id="1940303"]Rihanna[/artist], will the “Umbrella” singer be next to speak up?

Well, according to [artist id="2002414"]Ne-Yo[/artist], it’s more likely to happen in an interview than a song. The singer/songwriter said Rihanna won’t be addressing the matter on any material he writes for her next album.

“I’ve done some stuff for Rihanna’s [project],” he told MTV News. “I didn’t really want to go there too much, because I know that’s what everybody is expecting. I don’t think there isn’t a person alive that doesn’t know what happened and what it was. I don’t feel like it needs to be glorified. I don’t think that needs to be a song that’s sung or written. It’s sad that it took that happening to get the attention it deserves. Women get beat up all the time, and nobody says anything about it or chooses to do anything about it. But now that it happened to a celebrity, [it's], ‘Let’s talk about it on Oprah Winfrey.’ ”

In the past, Ne-Yo has worked with Britney Spears , and during the tumultuous time following her divorce form Kevin Federline, he told MTV News the “Toxic” superstar would touch on her personal life on the record.

This time, however, Ne-Yo said he isn’t able to go there with Rihanna, nor does he want to, because of his friendship with Brown.

“[artist id="1961441"]Chris Brown[/artist] is a friend of mine, and I don’t view him as a bad guy for what happened,” Ne-Yo explained. “It was an absolute mistake, and he has some lessons to learn and some maturing to do. But I’m not gonna bash him for that. I’m not gonna turn my back on a person I call my friend because he made a mistake. [So] I can’t write the Chris Brown bash song and then turn around and look myself in the mirror.”