Chris Brown opened up to Ryan Seacrest Tuesday about the time he used his girlfriend Rihanna’s face as a punching bag, and how “eternally grateful” he is that she has forgiven him. In February 2009, the R&B star punk beat the crap out of the singer and threatened to kill her. Just in case you needed a refresher.
Four years later, Brown and Rihanna are back together, and seem to want to put the past behind them. "I just tried my best to be the best man I could be over the years and just show her how remorseful and sorry I was for the incident," he told Ryan Seacrest.
A source close to Rihanna says she knows he is growing and “she loves that about her man.” She also understands his pain and that “he hurts every time he talks about what happened.” I’m just going to throw out there that it probably doesn’t hurt as bad as getting punched to a bloody pulp, but whatever.
Brown blamed his youth for the incident, saying, “Being at that young age I can tell you I was arrogant and definitely hotheaded ... everybody has a temper, but for me it was not knowing how to control it when I thought I had the world in my hands.” He continued, “I can’t go around blaming. It’s all about my responsibility and me growing up as a man.”
Later in the same interview, he said he and Rihanna “try not to be too grown” together, and try to make sure everything is fun. “It’s like we’re still kids,” he said. I just hope that Rihanna isn’t being too childlike in her trust of him, because he lost the freedom of a fun, “kiddish” relationship the moment he laid a finger on her.
Rihanna is a grown woman and free to make her own relationship decisions. If she wants to forgive Brown and give him another chance -- fine. But she needs to keep her feet on the ground and her head out of clouds when it comes to her boyfriend. He may not be beating on her at the moment, but the kid definitely still has a violent streak.
Would you give an abuser a second chance?
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