March 10th, 2011
12:40 PM ET
Just weeks after an L.A. court ruled that Chris Brown is no longer required to stay away from Rihanna, the singer is speaking out about his 2009 assault on his ex and saying that he's done apologizing.
"People are always gonna talk, but I'm in a positive place. I consider myself a grown-a— man," he tells the New York Post's Page Six Magazine. "At the end of the day, if I walk around apologizing to everybody, I'm gonna look like a damn fool."
Brown, who was ordered to serve five years probation, put in more than 1,400 hours of "labor-oriented service" and complete a 52-week domestic violence program, adds that only a few friends, including N.E.R.D.'s Pharrell Williams, stood by him throughout the dark times.
"You can't blame people for how they want to be portrayed or if they don't want to be associated with somebody who had a particular mishap," he says.
Despite all the drama, Brown was never abandoned by his fans and, with their help, he is hoping to put the past behind him.
"The last two years, everybody dissed me," he says. "But my fans were so dedicated. The way I look at it is, you can't walk around mad, because then you just prove everybody right that you're an angry person."
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