Chris Brown really wants forgiveness, and it has nothing to do with the fact that he's got a new album coming out this summer.

Yeah, OK. Well, Monday morning, 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?"

Lauer pointed out that not all of Chris' recent behavior has shown growth and maturity. So for those who don't believe Breezy is a new man? "I think everybody is entitled to their opinion," he said diplomatically. "For me, it's just a learning process. You know, I have to just take it one day at a time. I can't make everybody like's about me being positive."

Chris credited his 52 weeks of domestic-violence counseling with helping him to understand, he says, "why did I do what I did?"

"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.

When Lauer asked if Brown was sure another domestic-violence incident will never happen again, the singer laughingly answered, "Absolutely!"

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