Double Standard

Brown: Rihanna Attack a "Private Matter"

Despite previous public appearances on Larry King Live and a sit-down interview with MTV on Monday, Chris Brown responded to the 20/20 appearance of Rihanna, the pop star ex-girlfriend he brutally beat, with a statement saying, "All of the details should remain a private matter between us." (In the statement released Friday, Brown apologized to his ex and fans, saying, "I do appreciate her support and wish her the best.") But with the Monday MTV special, airing Friday and called, Chris Brown: The Interview, it seems Brown doesn’t object to press so much as he objects to bad press. The pop star says it's tough to take mean comments—"woman beater" stings especially bad. "I'm human, so when I hear certain things that they say or if I go somewhere and I hear somebody be rude about it, it's just like, ‘Man, it’s a mistake,'" Brown explained. "I made a big mistake, I'm learning from it."