Speaking about the shocking incident which saw photos of Rihanna’s battered and bruised face, he says they had initially fallen out when he told her that he had slept with someone he used to work with.
Chris also claims the confession is what made their relationship turn violent and he says both parties hit each other.
“She hated me,” he said. “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, it would be verbal fights, physical fights as well. Mutual sides, it is the first time I get to say anything.
I still love Rihanna, but I’m just going, to be honest – we would fight each other, she would hit me, I would hit her, but it never was OK. It was always a point to where we talk about it like, “What the f**k are we doing?’If I go on stage, I got a scratch on my face, and I’ve got to explain it, like “Oh I fell”, or if you got a scar or a bruise, you got to put makeup on.”
Chris Brown and Rihanna at the 2008 Grammy Awards (Mirror)
“S**t, I’m not ever trying to put my hands on any female,” he said. The singer then goes on to talk about the events that led up to the incident following the pre-Grammys Clive Davis party.
He explains the woman who he was previously linked to approached him and then-girlfriend Rihanna at the party to say hi.
Chris claims it upset Rihanna. “I look over at Rihanna and she’s bawling, she’s crying. She got over it. She started drinking a little bit, we both was drinking a little bit. We was tipsy, laughing and then we left.”
In the car home, he says the star saw a text from the woman which led her to believe that the singer knew she would be there.
They had an argument about it and things erupted into violence.
“I remember she tried to kick me, just like her beating s**t, but then I really hit her,” he recalled.
“With a closed fist, like I punched her and it busted her lip. And when I saw it I was in shock, I was like, f**k why did I hit her like that? From there she’s spitting blood in my face and it enraged me even more.”
The 28-year-old said they then pulled the car over and “she takes the keys out of the car and fakes it like she throws them out of the window. I get out the car and I’m looking for the keys and somebody yelled and she yells out her door, ‘Help, he’s trying to kill me.‘”
Chris, who briefly rekindled his romance with the singer before splitting for good, says he “felt like a f**king monster” following the incident.
Rihanna, on the other hand, opened up about their volatile relationship in a sit-down interview with Oprah in 2012.