Chris Brown apologizes, everything magically OK
Chris Brown apologized Sunday in his first public statement since being arrested for allegedly attacking Rihanna, saying he was “sorry and saddened” about the incident.
“Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired,” Brown said. “I am seeking the counseling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones and I am committed, with God’s help, to emerging a better person.”
Brown then goes on to talk about himself and the media for a few paragraphs: “Much of what has been speculated or reported on blogs and/or reported in the media is wrong. While I would like to be able to talk about this more, until the legal issues are resolved, this is all I can say except that I have not written any messages or made any posts to Facebook, on blogs or any place else. Those posts or writings under my name are frauds.”
People magazine managed to dig a little deeper, reaching the fathers of both Brown and Rihanna over the past few days.
“He’s very remorseful,” said Clinton Brown, 44, of Tappahannock, Va. “He’s very concerned about the situation and he wants to make sure that (Rihanna’s) okay,” He added that there are “two sides to every story. ... If you are on his side, you are on his side. Just because someone trips, if you are truly a fan, you are not going to demonize him instantaneously.”
Meanwhile, Rihanna’s dad, Ronald Fenty, said there was “some bruising,” but that the singer would “be all right. I think so.
“At some point, she will speak out,” he said. “I hope she will stand up for women all over the world.” Fenty also said he hopes his daughter will “move on” from Brown. “You think you know somebody,” he said, “but you really don’t.”
Other celebrities have spent the past week weighing in on the incident, but two in particular caught our eye: Kanye West and Jay-Z.
In an interview early last week with Ryan Seacrest, West said he was “completely devastated” about the incident, adding that “I feel like she’s my baby sis, and I would do any and everything to help her in any situation.” But on Friday, according to Reuters, West piped up again during a taping of VH1’s Storytellers, saying: “Can’t we give Chris a break?”
Rihanna’s mentor Jay-Z, on the other hand, was rumored to be plotting a little Hova-style street revenge on Brown, though the New York Daily News said those rumors are in fact false. Instead, Jay-Z pushed for fans to have “compassion” for his protege, according to People.
“Just imagine it being your sister or mom and then think about how we should talk about that,” he said. “I just think we should all support her. She’s going through a tough time.”