Chris Brown Opens Up About Rihanna Assault, Says He Was "Arrogant" and "Hotheaded"

Singer reflects on how he and the "Stay" artist are doing four years since the incident

By Josh Grossberg
|  Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013  |  Updated 10:54 AM PDT
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Chris Brown wants to say goodbye to the past.

Stopping by "On Air With Ryan Seacrest," the "Look At Me Now" crooner talked candidly about the current status of his relationship with Rihanna, whether they've been able to move on after he assaulted her four years ago, and his own view of his bad behavior.

When asked by Ryan Seacrest whether he ever thought Rihanna would forgive him the way that she did, the 23-year-old Brown admitted he "didn't know," but he's been making amends for the incident ever since.

"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 and that time was probably the worst part of my life and being that she has and she's a wonderful person I'm eternally grateful and thankful," the entertainer told the "American Idol" host on his radio show.

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As for how they're getting on now, Breezy added: "It's still like we're kids. I try not to be too grown and be like, 'Lets have candlelight dinner every night.' I try to make sure everything is fun. It has to be fun and it has to be genuine."

The singer also acknowledged the challenge he continues to face in winning fans back that abandoned him after his domestic violence rap.

"People are entitled to their opinions. I can't go around blaming. It's all about my responsibility and me growing up as a man," he said. "So I think now that I'm becoming older, and trying to mature in this life under the public eye at all times, I have to focus on doing the right thing and being more of a humble individual."

When Ryan wondered what lesson he learned from that tough time, Brown replied, "that you can lose it all."

"And I'm not just saying fame or stardom because that's not what it's about. I'm talking about dignity [and] integrity. You know, you lose yourself in a way."

While he admitted he learned--and is still learning--from his mistakes, the R&B star was quick not to blame the beatdown on his relative youth (he was still a teenager at the time it happened).

"I think for me that at age 18, 19, I was capable of writing and producing songs, so I'm also capable of making the right choices," noted Brown. "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."

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The F.A.M.E. artist also elaborated on the altercation he got into with a valet the other day over a $10 parking fee, saying that he had given the valet a $100 and the man came back and demanded more money.

Chris said next time: "I've got to just shut up and be like, 'Security go get the keys!' I'll be by the car."

On the business side of things, Brown--who appeared on the show to promote his new single, "Fine China," which drops April --also revealed he's currently working on a collaboration with Jennifer Lopez, whom he hopes to feature on his new album.

To hear the singer's full interview with Seacrest, click here.

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