Chris Brown says he worked hard to prove he’d become a better man before winning Rihanna back.
The singer caused shockwaves in 2009 when he brutally assaulted the pop beauty during a bust-up – a crime he’s still on probation for.
The couple reunited recently, and Chris has revealed he spent years showing Rihanna how remorseful he felt about his past behaviour.
He told US presenter Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS-FM show: “It's all about my responsibility.
“I just tried my best to be the best man I could be over the years and just show her how remorseful and sorry I was for the incident and that time was probably the worst part of my life and, being that she has and is a wonderful person, I'm eternally grateful and thankful.”
The chart-topper accepts their reunion has raised eyebrows among many who don’t think he deserves a second chance.
But Chris insists he’s a changed man.
He said: “People are entitled to their opinions. I can't go around blaming.
“It's all about my responsibility and me growing up as a man.
“I think now that I'm becoming older, and trying to mature in this life under the public eye at all times, I have to focus on doing the right thing and being more of a humble individual.
"And I'm not just saying fame or stardom because that's not what it's about. I'm talking about dignity and integrity.
“You know, you lose yourself in a way.
“So that process of me having to deal with any trials and tribulations I went through at that time, it was a learning step for me.
“Everything was learning, and I learned from certain mistakes, and I'm getting better as the days come.”
Despite becoming more mature, Chris admits he and Rihanna still act “like we’re kids” when they’re together.
He revealed: “I try not to be too grown and be like, 'Let’s have candlelight dinners every night.'
“I try to make sure everything is fun. It has to be fun and it has to be genuine.”
In a separate interview with a US paper, Chris bemoaned the fact that their busy schedules keep them apart for too much of the year.
But he revealed that suits them because they’re keen to take their relationship slowly this time around.
He added: “We're taking it one day at a time. She's a wonderful girl. She's beautiful.
“She's on tour and our schedules don't allow us to be as close as we want to be. But everything is good.
“She will be on my album.”