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Chris Brown Tells Matt Lauer “I Lost Everything” In 2009 Assault on Rihanna (VIDEO)

By Staff Writer | April 01, 2013 04:27 PM EDT

The Today Show's Matt Lauer interviewed 23-year-old R&B singer Chris Brown. Brown told Lauer "I lost everything" when he spoke about his 2009 assault on girlfriend Rihanna.

The night before the 2009 Grammy Awards Chris Brown and his girlfriend singer Rihanna got into an argument that resulted in Chris Brown assaulting Rihanna; putting her in the hospital. Images flooded the Internet of a beaten and black-eyed Rihanna.

Chris brown was convicted of a felony in the assault on Rihanna. In the past Brown was not open to speaking about his attack on Rihanna, which did not help his already damaged public image. However, on Monday's episode of the Today Show Chris Brown opened up about his troubled past.

Brown told Lauer, "I've been humbled by the whole experience. From me losing everything, you know, to me having to regain public opinion or whatever it is -- but most importantly, you know, knowing that what I did was totally wrong and having to kind of deal with myself and kind of forgive myself in the same breath and being able to apologize to, you know, Rihanna and be that man that can be who is a man, you know?"

Lauer pointed out that there are some people who say Chris Brown is only a changed man because he has a new album to sell. Brown chuckled and told Lauer,

"I think everybody is entitled to their own opinion. For me it's a learning process. I have to take it one day at a time. I can't make everybody like me. I think for my album...it's just about me being positive."

Lauer questioned Brown about his current relationship status with Rihanna. "Everything is fine," Brown replied. Chris Brown and Rihanna have to be one of the most watched celebrity couples. They are not like most celebrity couples that are watched for their lovey-dovey moments. Brown and Rihanna are closely watched to make sure the "Don't Judge Me" singer doesn't put Rihanna back in the hospital.

Hollywoodlife.com reported back in October that Rap superstar Jay-Z pulled Chris Brown aside and threatened him if he were to ever find out the Chris Brown hurt Rihanna again.

At an October concert hollywoodlife.com reports Jay-Z said he would "finish" Chris Brown if he physically or mentally hurt Rihanna.

Matt Lauer did not hold back in his interview with Chris Brown. Lauer explained to Brown there was a lot of negative backlash and concern for Rihanna when word broke of their reconciliation.

Brown responded to the naysayers by explaining he would prove himself and "be a man" this time around. Brown says he knows what he did was wrong and will never do it again. Some would be quick to point out that most batterers will use that same argument in an attempt to win their significant other back and then abuse them some more.

Chris brown completed a mandatory 52-week counseling program in which he says he learned what he did was "absolutely wrong."

Brown finished up his interview saying his fans have been his number one support. Not only does he want to prove himself to Rihanna but also to his fans.

Brown was on the Today Show to promote his new album "X." The album will be available in August.

Tagged :  Chris Brown, Rihanna, Today show, world news

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