Following this week’s “Good Morning America” debacle, Chris Brown has issued an apology for his off-air outburst, saying he was disappointed in the way he reacted and wants to move on.
The blond crooner appeared on Wednesday’s “106 & Park,” where he addressed the blowout surrounding his much-talked-about interview with Robin Roberts that ended backstage in a violent rage. “First and foremost I want to apologize to anybody who was startled in the office, anybody who was offended or really looked disappointed in my actions because I was disappointed in the way I acted,” he told hosts Terrence and Rocsi.
He went on to share his side of the story. “A lot of people don’t know what went down. Obviously when I do shows and when I do interviews, we always send out a talking points sheet. And if the network isn’t compliant with what we want to do, we usually kind of back out and wait until it’s a better situation.”
For her part, Roberts insists that the questions were pre-approved, but Chris claims he was caught off guard. “So when we actually did this event, everything was cool. The talking points were positivity and everything that was sent to me was about the album. As the interview proceeded, I was thrown off by it. I felt like they told us this just so they can get us on the show to exploit me. That’s what I thought. And so I took it very, very hard.”
While he maintained his cool on-air, he waited to go backstage before venting his frustration, reportedly smashing a window in a dressing room. “I kinda kept my composure throughout the whole interview, although you can see me upset. I did my performance and when I got back, I just let off steam. I didn’t physically hurt anyone. I didn’t try to hurt anyone. I just wanted to release the anger that I had inside me because I felt like I worked so hard for this music and I love my fans. I love to be able to make positive music, and I felt people kept just tryna take it away from me.”
He urged his fans to remain positive and not direct their anger towards Roberts. “So yes I got very emotional and I apologize for acting like that, and I want to tell Team Breezy as well, if you love me, if you love the whole movement we’re doing, please know that everybody is beautiful, you’re beautiful, Robin Roberts… Do not send any threats because I’ve been hearing stuff on Twitter. We don’t need that. We as a movement move as positive people. We love everybody.”
Roberts spoke to Gayle King earlier in the day and explained why she asked the Rihanna-related questions that triggered the eruption. “When people say why do you have to go back and talk about this—I can be doing an interview and people will talk about cancer I had three years ago,” she said. “There are always things in our lives, good and bad, that are milestones or something that people want to discuss, and when people ask me about that, there are some times where I’m like, ‘Why do we have to talk about my cancer?’ But I smile, I answer it, and move the conversation on.”
There are already discussions for the “Look at Me Now” singer to reappear on the show. “We’ve invited him back on the program, and he’s seriously considering doing that,” shared the ABC anchor. “To come back on and to clear the air because it has become such a discussion.”