'That Night Was The Deepest Regret Of My Life'

Chris Brown talks about his infamous assault on Rihanna — and how he won her back.

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Four years after assaulting Rihanna, Chris Brown is finally out of the dog house.

After reconciliation rumors swirled late last year, the couple has now officially taken their rekindled romance public, from cozying up at the Grammy Awards to celebrating Rihanna's birthday on the beaches of Hawaii. But now Brown is admitting that making amends was no easy feat.

"What can I say? I’m forgiven. But, yes, I worked hard for it," Brown told U.K.'s Mirror at Elton John's annual Oscar party, adding that some "serious making up" was involved. "Sometimes you row, you fight, with the one you love and things get said, stuff spirals. That night was the deepest regret of my life, the biggest mistake. But she loves me."

Back in 2009, Brown was sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community service after admitting to the felony assault that left Rihanna beaten and bruised. The "Don't Wake Me Up" hit-maker is due back in court on April 5, when he will face the Los Angeles District Attorney’s claims that he did not complete his court-ordered community service as part of his probation. Though they have put the past behind them, the couple's reunion continues to spark controversy, headlines and backlash. But Brown doesn't let that phase him.

"People attack me and criticize me. It happens all the time," he explained. "But they don't know me, and they don't know us. It doesn't bother me anymore. Other people can judge us but they don't know anything."

This time around with Rihanna, Brown is more mature. "I’ve learned a lot since that night and I’ve grown up. I was very young and I took a lot of stuff, fame, for granted," he said. "I didn’t understand it. The support from those who do know me and the fans, who are incredible, got me through."

And despite all the Hollywood hoopla surrounding their relationship, the "Stay" singer stands by her decision to take Brown back. “I wasn’t going to let anybody’s opinion get in the way of that,” she said in an interview with Rolling Stone. “Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake. After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I’d rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it.”

But just because she forgive, doesn't mean she has forgotten the events of that fateful 2009 night. “He doesn’t have the luxury of f***ing up again,” she admitted. “That’s just not an option. I can’t say that nothing else will ever go wrong. But I’m pretty solid in the knowing that he’s disgusted by that. And I wouldn’t have gone this far if I ever thought that was a possibility.”

Do you think Brown is truly sorry for assault Rihanna? Should the couple be together? Weigh in below.

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