Chris Brown Addresses Rihanna Assault, Says They’re Still Together

Rihanna: Beers & Bikini
Swimsuit-clad Rihanna enjoys a cold one in Hawaii.
After years of avoiding the topic, Chris Brown is finally ready to talk about his 2009 attack on girlfriend Rihanna that left her visibly bruised and battered and slapped him with a felony assault charge.

Such was the case Monday morning on TODAY, in which a seemingly honest Brown, 23, laid it all out on the table for host Matt Lauer.

“I’ve been humbled by the whole experience, from me losing everything to me having to regain public opinion, or whatever it is,” he said. “But most importantly, you know, knowing that what I did was totally wrong, and having to kind of deal with myself and forgive myself in the same breath, and being able to apologize to Rihanna, and being able to be that man that can be a man, you know?”

Brown, who conveniently just released a new single called “Fine China,” also took a moment to clear up rumors that he and Rihanna had split once again.

“We’re fine … Everything’s good. We’re fine,” he said.

Rumors first circulated over the weekend after an interview Brown gave to radio station Power 106. He explained to Lauer that quotes about their relationship were simply taken from old footage.

Brown’s new CD, X, is due out sometime this summer.

Watch the full interview, above.