Chris Brown's Mom: Rihanna Questions Are Something He Has To Answer

05/07/2011 09:12 am ET | Updated Jul 07, 2011

Chris Brown's mom, Joyce Hawkins, has a whole host of great things to say about her son: he's generous, caring, a fun goofball. But she's got some words of wisdom for her star son, too: when asked about his 2009 beating of Rihanna, he has to answer the questions without melting down.

In a new video for Sister 2 Sister Magazine, Hawkins discusses Brown's multitude of women, as well as his infamous meltdown backstage at "Good Morning America" after being asked by Robin Roberts about the Rihanna incident.

While she understood his frustration -- he thought he'd be on the show just to perform and promote his new album -- Hawkins says that he needs to keep his cool under pressure.

"I think it's just -- there's nothing wrong with asking. He needs to learn to deal with it and to answer it, no matter what," she says. "Because you're going to come up against things where, it may be live and you may not expect certain things to happen. Be prepared to answer it no matter what."

Brown later apologized for his tirade, though he did explain what set him off.

"I felt like they told us this just so they could get us on the show so they can exploit me," Brown said. "So I took it very, very hard and I really kinda kept my composure throughout the whole interview, although you can see me upset, I kept my composure, I did my performance.

"And when I got back I just let off steam. I didn't physically hurt anyone, I didn't try to hurt anyone, I just wanted to release the anger that I had inside me because I felt that I worked so hard for this music and I felt like people kept just trying to take it away from me."


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