People are always gonna talk. But I'm in a positive place. - Chris Brown
In an interview with the New York Post's Page Six Magazine, the star, whose new album F.A.M.E. stands for "Forgiving All My Enemies," says he has come to grips with his own infamy and that now, "I consider myself a grown-ass man."
He's also done apologizing for Rihanna looking like this: "At the end of the day, if I walk around apologizing to everybody, I'm gonna look like a damn fool."
He;s looking to move on from the Rihanna incident and one scandal after another - i.e. this week's Chris Brown nude pic drama - but it's difficult.
In the wake of the shocking assault, Brown says that "a handful of people stuck by me," including fellow musicians Pitbull and Pharrell Williams.
Still, he laments that many "turn[ed] away. They don't want to get involved because they don't want their name attached to anything negative."
"Unknowingly, they kind of show their true colors when they do that."
Their true colors being ... that they don't condone domestic violence?On the flip side, he doesn't entirely fault friends for walking away after the assault, for which he has apologized profusely and paid a heavy price:
"You can't blame people for how they want to be portrayed or if they don't want to be associated with somebody who had a particular mishap."
"The last two years, everybody dissed me," Brown says. "But my fans were so dedicated. The way I look at it is, you can't walk around mad."
"If you do, you just prove everybody right that you're an angry person."
Aside from that whole beef with Raz B, Chris has done a pretty good job. But fully repairing his image after that "mishap" will be very hard.
The fact that he beat up one of the world's most popular singers is tough to get over, and many people don't view his actions as sincere.
Is it fair? Is it completely off base? Should people just drop it? Is a person who commits domestic violence bound to do it again? Discuss.