- - Thursday, March 24, 2011

Chris Brown apologizes but blames ‘GMA’

Chris Brown has apologized for his destructive tantrum on “Good Morning America” earlier this week, Associated Press reports. He explained he was surprised that his 2009 attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna was brought up during his interview and said he needed to “let out steam” after getting upset.

“I didn’t physically hurt anyone; I didn’t try to hurt anyone. I just wanted to release the anger that I had inside of me because I felt like I worked so hard for this music and I love my fans and I love to be able to make positive music, but I felt like people kept just trying to take it away from me,” he told the audience on BET’s “106 & Park” Wednesday evening.

ABC News said the 21-year-old singer smashed a window in his dressing room Tuesday after he was interviewed by “GMA” co-host Robin Roberts on the show. Mr. Brown was promoting his new album, “F.A.M.E.,” out this week, but during the interview before his scheduled performance on the morning show, Miss Roberts touched on his beating of Rihanna.


“I kind of kept my composure throughout the whole interview. Although you could see me upset, I kept my composure, did my performance,” Mr. Brown said. “When I got back I just let out steam in the back.”

Mr. Brown said that the show had sent his team a list of “talking points” for the interview, and that it was his understanding that the focus would be about the album.

“As the interview proceeded, it was kind of thrown off,” he said. “I felt like they told us this so they could get us on the show to exploit me, that’s what I thought. So, I took it very, very hard.”

Miss Roberts and ABC News, however, said Mr. Brown was aware of the direction of the interview.

Chris Brown was invited on ‘Good Morning America’ to perform and to be interviewed. There were no talking points offered,” ABC News said in a statement.

Mr. Brown offered his apology to “anybody who was startled in the office, anybody who was offended or really … disappointed in my actions, because I was disappointed in the way I acted.”

Mr. Brown said he was now trying to focus on the positive, and asked his fans not to send any threats to Miss Roberts.

“We don’t need that,” Mr. Brown said. “We need to take a stand and be more positive.”

For her part, Miss Roberts was ready to turn the page on the episode as well.

“It’s time to move on. … we wish him the absolute best.”

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