With his new single “Fine China” to promote, Chris Brown visited NBC’s “Today” show this morning, setting off both positive and negative reaction on Twitter.
The singer performed and sat down for an interview with beleaguered host Matt Lauer, who asked him both about his latest song and his controversial relationship with Rihanna. Brown beat the pop singing sensation on Grammy night 2009, and has been for many public enemy number one ever since.
The romantic reunion has incensed his critics, and Lauer asked Brown, who pled guilty to felony assault for the act, what he had learned from the entire experience.
“I think it’s just me proving myself once again and also me just being a man, and knowing what I did wrong and never doing it again. As for as me and her concerned, she knows my heart and I know her heart. I’m not really focused on the negative, everything is positive for me. I did my 52 weeks of counseling and learned it was absolutely wrong.”
Lauer asked if he had gone through therapy, and asked Brown if he was sure it would never happen again. Breezy laughed and said, “Absolutely not.”
From there, Lauer and Brown discussed how the nation’s populace loves building celebrities up, tearing them down and then watching a comeback; Brown gave a shout out to his fans, who he says have been supportive of everything he’s done.
The interview was just the latest stop in his new (and latest) apology-promotion tour, as Brown addressed many of the same subjects on the radio with Ryan Seacrest last week.
As with everything Brown does, the segment drew quite a range of reaction online, from disgust with NBC for having him on to excitement that Brown was getting the spotlight. In fact, some Brown fanatics were even angry that Lauer would ask him about the assault, as evidenced by reaction on Twitter.