RICHMOND, Virginia — [artist id="1961441"]Chris Brown[/artist] has made several media appearances since his assault of [artist id="1940303"]Rihanna[/artist] in February, each time apologizing while declining to speak in detail on the matter. The singer said he was being vague as a way to protect his and his former girlfriend's privacy.
But his deflection of the tough questions has led some to doubt the sincerity of his contrition. In an [article id="1625510"]interview with MTV News' Sway Calloway[/article] that airs Friday night (November 6) on MTV, Brown talked about what his many apologies really mean.
"When I apologize, I really apologize, definitely, about the situation, like me and her personally, obviously," Brown said. "We've exchanged, I've exchanged my apologies for her, but when I do it publicly, it's for the people who I let down: It's for the fans, it's for all the people, even the sponsors, even the people that have invested in me and thought that I was a good enough role model.
"I really wanted to apologize [to] the people that I let down and show people that I am wrong for what I've done, but I want people to learn from it and see that I'm really apologetic," he reiterated.
Through his court-mandated counseling sessions, Brown explained, he's in the process of taking responsibility for his actions and understanding his behavior in order to help others avoid a similar fate. The end goal, he said, is to become a rehabilitated, responsible human being.
"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? ' " he said of the process. "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?"
"Chris Brown: The Interview" airs tonight at 6 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
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