RICHMOND, Virginia — In recent weeks, [artist id="1961441"]Chris Brown[/artist] has been working to get his career back on track after his February altercation with Rihanna, with a new music video, a performance at a New York radio festival and a "Fan Appreciation" concert tour, an album due next month and a series of interviews talking about the assault and what he has learned from it.
But many questions still remain.
What caused the singer to lash out against his former girlfriend in the first place? Why has he tweeted fan-made photo galleries of the two of them and released music inspired by her? What does he think about, nine months later, when he recalls that fateful night?
Chris Brown discusses all of these matters, and takes a hard look back on what happened that night, during the MTV News special "Chris Brown: The Interview," which airs Friday, November 6, at 6 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
"My thoughts [when I look back on it now] is like, 'Why did it happen?' " he told MTV News correspondent Sway during an hour-long, one-on-one interview that took place in Brown's native Virginia. "Like, 'What was I thinking? What is wrong with you?' That's what I'm thinking with myself. That's what my thoughts are, basically, now.
"It's like, 'How do we get past it? How do you, Chris' — talking to myself — 'how do you go from point A to point B? How do you learn from your mistakes, turn it into a positive and help other people with the situation, and at the end of the day become the person that you want to be?' "
In February, Brown stunned many when reports emerged about his physical confrontation with [artist id="1940303"]Rihanna[/artist] on the eve of the 2009 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The singer left Rihanna bruised and battered, and later turned himself into police for questioning. Brown was released and as the police report, a photo of Rihanna taken after the fight, and court appearances mounted, family members, fans, and friends of each were shocked by what happened between the pair.
In June, Brown struck a plea deal that allowed him to avoid jail time, but under the terms he was levied with a hefty community labor service term, in addition to weekly therapy sessions he was ordered to attend for one year. Brown was also issued a five-year stay-away order that essentially ended any relationship with Rihanna, as the two were legally instructed to avoid each other and any communication between them could result in him going to prison.
As both superstars attempt to move on and restart their careers while rebuilding their lives, the world is watching and waiting for answers.
During the interview, Brown told MTV News that therapy is helping him to assess his actions and behavior. The singer said he sits in group settings during his weekly sessions and combines the experiences of others with his own to figure out what led him to assault then-girlfriend Rihanna. "Just anger," he said plainly when asked by Sway what triggered the incident. "Yeah, anger.
"Young people, we do before we think," Brown added.
"Chris Brown: The Interview" airs Friday, November 6, at 6 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.