Now that the two have made their on-again/off-again relationship public, he admitted:
"Sometimes you row, you fight, with the one you love and things get said, stuff spirals. That night was the deepest regret of my life, the biggest mistake."
And while his road to redemption has seemed pretty half-assed to everyone outside of the Team Breezy camp, he acknowledges Rih's forgiveness and scoffs at the judgements of others:
"But she loves me - what can I say? I'm forgiven… but, yes, I worked hard for it. People attack me and criticize me, it happens all the time. But they don't know me, and they don't know us. It doesn't bother me anymore. Other people can judge us but they don't know anything."
It's always interesting to us whenever celebrities say that. True, nobody should fully expect to know everything, but you'd think he'd want to try harder to use his platform for the greater good.
We may never understand every complicated layer of their relationship, and they don't give a f*ck if we do or not, but it'd still be nice to see, say, a huge heartfelt donation (of funds OR time) to empower the entire community of battered women… just a thought!
We've learned that his foundation very recently raised $50,000 for domestic violence programs, and we wanna see more goodness like that! It's on the right path, for sure!
It's harder for him because it's not like he was some average dude who lost his temper. When people make a deal to become superstars, there comes responsibility. You don't have to be a role model. But for decency's sake, don't underestimate the importance of your actions.
We believe in change, and we know there are exceptions to every rule, but maybe people wouldn't judge him so harshly and warn RiRi of future disaster if he stopped finding himself in other violent situations. Frank Ocean parking lot brawl, anyone??
Still, he insists he's a better person now, saying:
"I've learned a lot since that night and I've grown up. I was very young and I took a lot of stuff, fame, for granted. I didn't understand it. The support from those who do know me and the fans, who are incredible, got me through."
Well hopefully he's right. Hopefully all of the violent scenarios he's engaged in since have been enough for him to battle his demons. And hopefully he'll never take RiRi for granted again.
Hopefully the feud with Frank was the last straw. Hopefully he's truly committed to change this time around. Because this isn't some regular flaw we're talking about here.
He could truly become a shining example of the ability to change for those in similar situations. He's got the potential to show the world you don't have to stay in that statistics pool.
So swim, Breezy! Swim hard.
[Image via FayesVision/WENN.]