[artist id="1961441"]Chris Brown[/artist] and Oprah Winfrey went back and forth earlier this year commenting on the singer's altercation with [artist id="1940303"]Rihanna[/artist].
Oprah used her popular show to [article id="1606927"]educate viewers about domestic violence,[/article]
and in the process warned her viewers that most abusers repeat their actions. Brown took the remark as a slight against him. He [article id="1620663"]charged Winfrey with being one-sided[/article] in her sympathy toward Rihanna.
[article id="1620754"]Winfrey shot back at Brown,[/article] telling the singer he should get the help he needs.
In an interview with Angie Martinez on New York's Hot 97 on Wednesday (October 21), Brown clarified his statement. The singer said he had hoped Winfrey would have reached out to both him and Rihanna.
"At the time, when I think I needed a helping hand, for her to reach out to me and talk to Rihanna and say this is wrong and this is right, or whatever the case may be," he told Martinez during the radio appearance. "Not even to be on the show; just make it about helping. Because at the end of the day I thought we had that type of relationship where it could be like that."
Brown cited Will Smith and Diddy as examples, saying that both men reached out to him and offered to help, although neither let him off the hook. "As a young black man myself, I need older black male role models to step in and kind of mold me. Not people bashing me, 'cause that's not how you learn from mistakes," he said.
During Brown's embattled seclusion, rumor spread that he was scheduled to appear at the BET Awards in June to pay tribute to Michael Jackson. But after Brown failed to appear, speculation began that [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist], an ally of Rihanna's, helped orchestrate an attempt to [article id="1614995"]block Brown from the proceedings[/article] — an assertion [article id="1616683"]Jay has denied.[/article]
"That's the silliest rumor I ever heard," Jay-Z told British radio host Tim Westwood in July. "You know me, right? I was sitting back and watching all them suckas [comment]. You don't comment on rumors. I was sitting back watching them. 'Look at them. That's so silly.' First, let me categorically deny that. If I have a problem with Chris Brown, I got a problem with Chris Brown. I don't agree with what he did and that's that."
Brown reiterated Jay-Z's claim about personal differences.
"I don't know and don't think it was him," Brown said. "I don't got anything against homie."
At the moment, Brown is forbidden from communicating with his former girlfriend Rihanna. He admitted it's been difficult having to lose the friendship with the "Umbrella" singer. He also said he understands if some of her friends aren't too pleased with Brown these days.
"I don't think I'm on their 'get back [with him]' list," he said.