Brown, clad in a sweater and bow tie, sat across from King clasping his hands as he was flanked by his mother, Joyce Hawkins, and his attorney, Mark Geragos. The "Forever" star kept a stern face as he answered King's questions. The talk-show host pressed Brown a number of times on key questions, such as what happened between him and Rihanna in his rented Lamborghini, what transpired during the onetime couple's conversation immediately after and what the young lovers discussed during their Miami retreat shortly after the incident.
Each time Brown politely stonewalled King. The singer said it was unfair to compromise his and Rihanna's privacy to go into detail regarding those moments. "I don't want to go into that," Brown responded. "I'm sorry."
Brown's mother teared up at different points during the hour-long sitdown. She also called the aftermath of the incident the most painful period of her life.
"Seeing him go through the pain and dealing with the media, it's been very hard," she told King.
Brown repeatedly described his and Rihanna's relationship as upbeat. He shot down rumors of previous incidents of violence between the two. When King brought up the prior incidents that were unearthed in Brown's probation report — an argument overseas and an incident in Barbados where Brown allegedly broke a car window after a fight — the singer refuted any suggestion that the occurrences were evidence of previous abuse.
"I'm not aware of those instances," he explained. "Especially of that nature ... as a couple we have had arguments, but nothing to this point."
Brown said it's been months since he last talked to Rihanna, who he met when he was 15 and dated for several years. He noted the stay-away order was imposed prior to his sentencing and as a result he has had no contact with his former girlfriend. Although the entertainers have been in close quarters since they parted ways in Miami, Brown said they are no longer a couple but remain friends, a status he thinks they can ensure moving forward.
"I'm pretty sure we can always be friends," Brown told King. "I'm not sure about our relationship, but we ended as friends."
Brown admitted he "definitely" still loves Rihanna and even revealed he could see a situation where the two could potentially be married in the future. But Brown emphasized he's still young and not interested in dating at the moment.
King asked the 20-year-old star if he would be hurt if Rihanna began dating someone new.
"I'd definitely be affected by it," Brown answered. "But at the end of the day, we aren't together. If she's happy, I'm cool."
Brown said his age shouldn't be used as an excuse for his actions. He urged that there are still a number of life lessons he must continue to learn and hopefully he can discover more about himself through counseling. While Rihanna hasn't spoken much since the attack, Brown told King she never asked him why he turned to violence against her and he believes he's now turning a corner in his life.
"I made a mistake and that's just something I have to live up to and own up to," Brown said. "And change and become a better person."