The 23-year-old singer dropped by Today to chat about his new music (which he hopes will “inspire the world”) and, of course, his infamous 2009 assault on Rihanna.
“For me, you know, I’ve been humbled by the whole experience,” he told Matt Lauer. “From me losing everything, you know, to me having to regain public opinion or whatever it is—but most importantly, you know, knowing that what I did was totally wrong and having to kind of deal with myself and kind of forgive myself in the same breath and being able to apologize to, you know, Rihanna and be that man that can be a man, you know?”
“Knowing that what I did was wrong, and never doing it again,” he added. “So as far as me and [Rihanna] are concerned, she knows my heart, and I know her heart. So I’m not really focused on the negative.”
He also noted that he and Rihanna are “fine” and that “everything’s good” now between the tumultuous twosome.