Chris Brown has been a busy man in NYC this past week promoting his upcoming album X, but he still found time to take in a Knicks game with Spike Lee.
But, it wasn’t all fun and bubble gum for the “Fine China” pop star who took time to answer some tough questions that we’ve all been wanting to know since that incident with Rihanna back in 2009.
TMZ reports Chris told Matt Lauer:
“As far as me and her are concerned,” Brown said … “She knows my heart and I know her heart. I’m not really focused on the negative, everything about it is positive for me. I did my 52 weeks of counseling and learned that it was absolutely wrong.”
When he wasn’t spilling his guts and making amends for past mistakes on “The Today Show,” he was chatting it up with Angie Martinez on Hot 97.
On staying low key when first getting back with Rihanna:
“It was kind of….it was weird, it was more like I was more low key I’d go to the house or she’d be in the studio with me and then people would come to the studio and see her and like ‘oh…..hold on, I’m confused.’ We just started off as friends.”
On his video admitting to being in love with both Rihanna and Karrueche:
“I wanted to be more of a man. Because I think me being young, and even with past issues in my relationships in the past life, I did a lot of lying, I did everything just to make sure nobody gets hurt in the process. So, I just don’t feel it’s necessary anymore in my life, nobody can hate me for being honest. I had to just be brutal. I told both of them that the video was coming out….I’m not trying to be a player.
It’s never an easy situation to tell another person that you still love another person, so that’s kinda difficult. But our friendship, me and Karrueche’s friendship, is still cool. We’re still good friends.”
If Rihanna is cool with him being friends with Karrueche:
“Um, yeah, to a degree……”
His plans for the X album:
“I’m trying to do 10 videos because my album is X. I’m gonna do 10 videos and I’m gonna start shooting them before the album comes out. When the album drops, I drop all 10 videos so you see the visuals with the actual songs that you’ll love. I just got Nicki on a couple records, I’m working with J.Lo. Hopefully I can get her on a feature for my album, it would be incredible just to do an actual dance video. Straight raw dance and hip-hop J.Lo dances, so me and her to do that would be amazing.”
On the Law & Order SVU episode loosely based around his relationship with Rihanna:
“I didn’t even watch it ’cause I feel like it was ignorance. I feel like they were reaching. It’s four years later, you want to bring ratings and boost up a story.”
If Rihanna is his soul mate:
“To a degree, yeah. Before I was madly in love with her, and when I lost her I was like, ‘Man, I don’t know what I’ma do.’”
His issues with Drake:
“Me and him don’t see eye to eye. I just think personally there’s going to be people you don’t get along with. We never gonna see eye to eye, so you go your way, I’ma go mine. It’s about everything.”
Does Rihanna have issues with Drake?:
“That’s a good question. I don’t really try to talk about him when I’m around her. I just lay the pipe.”
Frank Ocean painting him as a person looking for trouble:
“I think it’s a lot of strategies people try to use when they’re up for awards. It’s a sympathy role, so I don’t have to go that route. I just do my music, do my thing. For him, it’s whatever. Love your music, bro. Have fun.”
Rihanna’s interview on “Oprah’s Next Episode” and passing on an invite from Oprah:
“I’ve been invited, I just say no at this point. I’ll go to people that I’m comfortable with, like Angie I love you. I never wanna be in a situation where I feel like I’m attacked or I’m gonna be trapped for whatever it is. I think I’m paying for whatever I’ve done and I’ve learnt from it and I’m moving forward, so I only want to surround myself with the people that are about positivity.”
On his legacy and wanting to become a legend:
“I just want to be…..not arrongantly speaking, I just want to be a legend.
I think for my music now is just to make my mark in the game as just an established artist and just a real artist and a culture ambassador. I feel like I’m just getting successful, I think the hard part is over now. I went through the obstacles that God kinda made me go through so I could be humble.”
Props to Miss Info for the transcription