As America continues to ask itself whether it can allow itself to love Chris Brown again in the wake of his violent beating of Rihanna, Good Morning America posed that question a little more directly, using Brown’s live appearance on the show today to probe him about the incident and its aftermath, all to the singer’s visible discomfort and repeated insistence that he was just there to promote his new album. After correspondent Robin Roberts asked him to explain its title, F.A.M.E., Brown avowed that it stood for “Forgiving All My Enemies,” saying that he was just trying to be positive “after all I went through” and his dealing with “haters” who totally tried to hate on him, all because he was convicted of felony assault on his girlfriend. (Haters gonna hate, right?) When Roberts continued to press him to talk about the Rihanna incident specifically, Brown repeated that he was just there to talk about the new record, saying that’s what he wanted people to focus on, instead of the violent, angry person he was two years ago because “I think I’m past that."
Brown then proved just how much he was past that by storming into his dressing room and smashing a window with a chair, with shards of glass falling onto 43rd and Broadway outside GMA’s studio. He continued to scream so loudly that the makeup people called security, but by the time they arrived, according to TMZ, “Brown had ripped off his shirt and left the building,” pausing on his way out to stare down a segment producer until several other people intervened. After the incident, Brown took to Twitter to say, “I'm so over people bringing this past shit up!!! Yet we praise Charlie sheen and other celebs for there bullshit.” He’s since deleted that, replacing it with “All my fans!!! This album is for you and only you!!! I'm so tired of everyone else!! Honestly!! I love team breezy!” You can check out photos of the shattered window (and its subsequent patching) and Brown’s angry, shirtless exodus here. Also, F.A.M.E: in stores now.