Chris Brown is one of the more polarizing celebrities today: Ever since his conviction on felony assault charges in 2009 for attacking singer Rihanna, he's been on the downside of a lot of bad press and bad feelings from fans and critics alike. But in recent weeks, the R&B star has been mixing his promotional appearances for his new album "X" and single "Fine China" with a personal rehabilitation tour where he's opened up about the abuse and about the way he's changed since the incident. Brown sat down with TODAY's Matt Lauer on Monday to talk about the new music, and the new him.
"Honostly, I haven't experienced domestic abuse on one side or the other, with anyone in my surrounding...I am thankful for that. But, I hope that Chris Brown can overcome his past. We all do, I would say. but the truth is, just at Matt Lauer said, if it happens again...it not only makes him look bad, ruin his rep, but also Rihanna."