Chris Brown “apologized to anyone he startled” after he presumably broke a window ABC’s New York City studios following Tuesday’s Good Morning America appearance, in which he was agitated after ABC’s Robin Roberts questioned him about the brutal beating he laid on his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
The Forever singer, appearing on BET’s 106 & Park on Wednesday, said he “had to blow off steam and let out the anger” after the appearance, in which he wanted to promote his new album F.A.M.E. — and not dwell on past events.
“First of all, I just wanna apologize to anybody who was startled in the office, anybody who was offended or really disappointed in my actions, because I was disappointed with the way I acted,” Brown said Wednesday. “A lot of people don’t know what went down, and obviously when I do shows or when I do interviews, we always send out a talking point sheet. As the interview proceeded, it was kinda thrown off. I was thrown off by it.
“I felt like they told us this just so they could get us on the show so they can exploit me. So I took it very, very hard and I really kinda kept my composure throughout the whole interview, although you can see me upset, I kept my composure, I did my performance.”
Brown continued, “And when I got back [stage] 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 that I worked so hard for this music and I felt like people kept just trying to take it away from me.
The 21-year old singer also implored his fans not to send any negative messages to Roberts, saying, “Do not send any threats, anything like that, I’ve been hearing things on Twitter — we need to take a stand and focus on the more positive things in life.”
The muscular singer, sporting bleached blonde hair, was snapped shirtless walking the New York streets directly after the meltdown.
He then took to his Twitter page to vent further: “I’m so over people bringing this past s— up!!! Yet we praise Charlie sheen and other celebs for there b——-!” Brown tweeted right after the incident, but removed it just moments later.
The testy exchange between Brown and Roberts on Tuesday’s program went as such:
Roberts tried to delicately segue into the topic, asking Brown, “What’s going on now is that recently, the restraining order against you that Rihanna had issued has been relaxed … have you all … seen each other, been around each other [at events?]”
An uncomfortable Brown replied, “I mean not really, it’s not really a big deal, that situation, I think I’m past that in my life, and I think today’s the album day so that’s what I’m focused on, so everyone go and get that album.”
Brown said his new album’s title, F.A.M.E., stands for “forgiving all my enemies and fans of my everything,” in particular those who stood by him in “everything that I went through.”
Brown said that his enemies are “just anybody naysayers, haters, whatever the case may be.”
Roberts said, “But you can understand how some people, that was very serious what you went through, and what happened … even the judge though, afterwards, said you had served your time and community service and all that.”
Brown testily replied, “I’ve been focused on this album … definitely this album is what I want them to talk about, and not the kind of stuff that happened two years ago.”
Roberts said, “Well thank you for letting me go this way, because there had been a lot of people tweeting about it.”
ABC News said in a statement following Tuesday’s fiasco: “As always, we ask questions that are relevant and newsworthy, and that’s what we did in this interview with Mr. Brown.”
Ironically, earlier this month, the singer told Page Six Magazine he was done apologizing — for the the Rihanna incident, at least.
“People are always gonna talk,” the Forever singer, 21, told the magazine regarding the infamous incident. “But I’m in a positive place. I consider myself a grown-ass man. And at the end of the day, if I walk around apologizing to everybody, I’m gonna look like a damn fool.”
Brown was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to do 180 days of community labor as a part of the plea deal he made in June 2009 for the assault, which took place in in Hancock Park, California. The restraining order issued to Brown orders him to keep his distance from the S&M singer for five years.