By Sierra Marquina
Chris Brown stopped by “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” for the first time, sitting down with Ryan and Ellen K, and opened up on everything from whether he thought Rihanna would forgive him, what really went down with the valet the other day, and even what he’s got in store with Jennifer Lopez.
On Jennifer Lopez:
After J.Lo tweeted a pic of herself in the studio with Chris, the 23-year-old singer revealed, “We actually are collaborating.” Adding, “I’m trying to get her on my album, I have a couple songs that would be incredible for her to feature on. But as for now, I’m just in the studio writing for hers and collaborating on new stuff and trying to give her some party music and fun stuff.”
And although Chris may be looking ahead with new music, he can’t escape the incidents of his past. And while many respect the singer and dancer for his undeniable talent, many are also unable to forgive his past abusive actions towards Rihanna.
On winning back fans:
When asked how he attempts to win back those fans, Chris admits: ”People are entitled to their opinions. I can’t go around blaming. It’s all about my responsibility and me growing up as a man. So I think now that I’m becoming older, and trying to mature in this life under the public eye at all times, I have to focus on doing the right thing and being more of a humble individual.”
Adding, the greatest lesson he learned during that period in his life was, “that you can lose it all.” “And I’m not just saying fame or stardom because that’s not what it’s about. I’m talking about dignity [and] integrity. You know, you lose yourself in a way. So that process of me having to deal with any trials and tribulations I went through at that time, it was a learning step for me. Everything was learning, and I learned from certain mistakes, and I’m getting better as the days come.”
On what’s to blame:
So does Chris think his youth was to blame? “I could put that on my age but that would just be making an excuse. I think for me that at age 18, 19 I was capable of writing and producing songs, so I’m also capable of making the right choices. So I think it’s about a learning process now. Being at that young age I can tell you I was arrogant and definitely hotheaded. Everybody has a temper, but for me it was not knowing how to control it when I thought I had the world in my hands.”
Chris also shared he “didn’t know” whether Rihanna was going to forgive him. Revealing, “I just tried my best to be the best man I could be over the years and just show her how remorseful and sorry I was for the incident and that time was probably the worst part of my life and being that she has and she’s a wonderful person I’m eternally grateful and thankful.” Adding, the two of them are in a better place now. “It’s still like we’re kids. I try not to be too grown and be like, ‘Lets have candlelight dinner every night.’ I try to make sure everything is fun. It has to be fun and it has to be genuine.”
On the recent valet incident:
Chris’ temper was also tested recently with a valet while outside a charity event, in which Chris was caught on tape getting defensive over an alleged ten dollar parking fee.
Chris explained there’s more to the story. “Okay so I can elaborate on the situation. By all means, I’m a great tipper. Ten dollars is not a problem…[it] was five dollar parking at the place…but before we went in, I gave the man $100 dollars. We had two cars. It’s five dollar parking. Okay, do the math. So when we came out he was like, ‘You know what? We need $20 for each car.’ And I said, ‘Sir, I just gave you $100.’ So he was like, ‘No, no we need $10.’ So he was just going around trying to see if he could get more money and I was like, ‘no,’ so by that time it was a situation.”
However, Chris added, he realizes next time he should probably avoid the confrontation altogether. Laughing, “I’ve got to just shut up and be like, ‘Security go get the keys! I’ll be by the car.’”
On Instagram & Twitter:
“Both [are a blessing and a curse]…for me now I’m not as hands on as I used to be. I totally deleted my Instagram and I get on Twitter every now and then to touch base with my fans because I love my fans. But sometimes when you’re a young kid and you have impulsive techniques you kind of get like, ‘Arghhh! I can’t stand you’. People love [Twitter wars], they eat it up, so I’d rather not feed them that.”
Listen to the full interview above for more from Chris, like why he decided to title his upcoming album X, as well as whether he’s closer to his mom or dad!
Chris’ upcoming single “Fine China” drops April 1.
Photo: Sadao Turner/Ryan Seacrest Production