In the forthcoming issue of People magazine, Chris Brown talks about his life since the February altercation with then-girlfriend [artist id=”1940303″]Rihanna[/artist]. The issues the pop star discussed included his feelings for Rihanna, his brief reconciliation with her after the incident and how he doesn’t think he’ll hit a woman again.
But Brown also addressed a domestic-abuse-focused episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” that aired just after the assault, saying he thinks the show could have portrayed him in a better light. “I commend Oprah on being like, ’This is a problem,’ but it was a slap in my face,” Brown told the magazine. “I did a lot of stuff for her, like going to Africa and performing for her school. She could have been more helpful, like, ’OK, I’m going to help both of these people out.’ ”
In a statement released to TMZ on Thursday (September 3), Oprah responded to Brown’s sentiments about the show. “Oprah is very appreciative that Chris Brown performed at her school, but she takes domestic abuse very seriously,” the statement reads. “She hopes he gets the counseling he needs.”
In the People interview, Brown said he is meeting with a counselor. “If I do [have an anger problem], I will work with my counselor and hopefully channel my anger into something like dancing,” he said. “I’m going to counseling. I want to understand my feelings. I don’t think that I’d get that mad again. [I’d] walk away. This has matured me.”
As for his place now as a role model to his fans, he knows it’s going to take time to prove himself again. “Musically, I can still inspire,” he said. “But I have a bigger responsibility to show the world I can overcome this, be a better person, and that I’m worthy of being a role model. I’m going to earn that status back.”