In his new documentary, ‘Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life,’ Chris Brown opened up about the infamous domestic violence assault on then girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown recounts the evolution of the couple’s relationship in a segment of the documentary, released on Monday.
Opening up about it
Brown admits that the singer’s relationship became volatile and violent long before the infamous Grammy night. It was a trend that began after Brown came clean about a past sexual partner, one he had previously concealed from Rihanna.
“My trust totally was lost with her,” he says. “She hated me. After that, I tried everything; she didn’t care. She just didn’t trust me after that. From there, it just went downhill, because it would be fights, verbal fights, physical fights as well. Mutual sides.”
The singer says the couple left Clive Davis’ Grammy event after the woman who was the focus of their problems approached.
The unsettlement continued and they got in the car. Brown claims, Rihanna started “going off; she throws the phone, [says] ‘I hate you.’” Brown adds “She starts hitting me.”
“I remember she tried to kick me, but then I really hit her, with a closed fist, like I punched her. I busted her lip.”
“When I saw it, I was in shock. I was like, ‘fuck, why the hell did I hit her?’” The violence continued Brown said.
“From there she just spits in my face. Spit blood in my face and so it enraged me even more.”
Brown says he pulled the car over, and Rihanna pretended to throw the keys out the window. He says that she then yelled for help, screaming “he’s trying to kill me.”
“I look back at that picture, and I’m like, ‘That’s not me, bro, that’s not me,’” Brown says of the photo of Rihanna’s injuries. “I hate it to this day. That’s going to haunt me forever.”
Riri reflecting on it
The 2009 incident made headlines after a police report was filed by Rihanna, and a series of graphic photos were leaked following the ordeal.
Back in August 2012, Rihanna finally spoke candidly on the matter to Oprah Winfrey in a sit-down discussion about her relationship with Brown and how she was able to finally forgive him for the unforgettable evening.
” I think he was the love of my life,” Ri-Ri shared. An emotional Rihanna also expressed that she found the power to forgive Brown for his brutal assault through repairing her relationship with her father, who had been violent toward her mother.
“All kinds of emotions started happening after that. All kinds of things started making sense. I thought I hated Chris and I realized it was love that was tarnished,” she said.
“It looked like hate because it was ugly, it was angry, it was inflamed, it was tainted and I realized that what it was is. I have to forgive him because I cared about him still. And the minute I let go of that, I started living again.”
The two briefly revived their relationship in 2013, even making an appearance at the Grammys together that year, before breaking up for good.