[artist id="1961441"]Chris Brown[/artist]'s mother, Joyce Hawkins, took to one of the singer's fan sites Wednesday to thank her son's fans for sticking by him during his felony case for assaulting then-girlfriend [artist id="1940303"]Rihanna[/artist].
"I just want to say from the bottom of my heart thank you for your continued support. I'm sorry I wasn't allowed to speak to anyone as this case was ongoing," Hawkins wrote on pay fan site TheChrisBrownFanClub.com. Asked to confirm whether the comments were from Brown's mother, spokesperson Holly Baird said, "Joyce has been posting statements on Chris' fan site all along."
After being officially sentenced Tuesday to five years' probation, six months' community labor and ordered to stay away from Rihanna for the next five years, Brown sat down for his first interview with CNN's Larry King on Wednesday. The episode will air September 2. It was taped at CNN's Los Angeles studios and featured Brown, his mother and his lawyer, Mark Geragos. According to an "Entertainment Tonight" source, Hawkins got very emotional and started to cry during the interview.
"I can now say this has been the most painful moment in my entire life, but knowing that you were still standing by Chris' side in his time of need made this a little easier for us," Hawkins continued in the online note. "Because of all your prayers, God brought him through. I just want to say God has never failed me and never will. All moms and dads please stand by your children and pray for their goodness each and every day."
According to documents released Tuesday during Brown's sentencing, the singer met with probation officials in June and told them he had wanted to plead guilty immediately to beating Rihanna but was blocked from doing so by his attorney. TMZ reported that, an "ashamed and embarrassed" Brown met with attorney Mark Geragos, his mother and probation officers at Geragos' office on June 26 and told them he was eager to enter a guilty plea soon after the February 8 assault.
The singer, who said he saw domestic violence in his home growing up and didn't want to "carry on that cycle," reportedly told the probation officials that he wanted to attend domestic-violence counseling and "do it right."
Hawkins said she pledged to stand by her son no matter what happened. "I made a promise. ... I would never be ashamed of him no matter where I am or who I talk to," she wrote. "You see this whole thing isn't about Chris, it's about God. He wants to show all of you the goodness of him through Chris. Chris will be addressing all of his fans very soon. We love you so much and so does God."