(NEW YORK) — Chris Brown lost some longtime supporters in the music industry when he assaulted Rihanna in 2009, but he’s also found some unlikely folks who are in his corner, like rock legend Elton John. “I met Elton about a year ago, and he’s been a good friend to me,” Chris told the New York Post’s Page Six.
In fact, Chris was one of the many guests this past Sunday at Elton’s star-studded charity Oscar viewing party, along with Britney Spears, Bono, Miley Cyrus, Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson, and more. Entertainment Weekly reports that at the party, Elton, who’s taken many other young performers under his wing in the past, was happy to pose with Chris for photographers, and took him around to say hi to some of the big names at the event.
Chris told EW, “It was an honor for him to personally invite me and it’s a blessing to be here.” Noting that the event raised money for Elton’s AIDS Foundation, Chris said, “At the end of the day, I’m not homophobic in any way and I don’t focus on the negative that people bring to it.”
When Chris was reminded of the year that Elton performed at the Grammy with Eminem after the rapper was accused of being homophobic, he told EW, referring to Elton, “I think he does what he thinks is right and finding the positive while a lot of other people focus on the negative.”
Chris showed up to the party without a date, but confirmed that he and Rihanna are back together. “She is the most beautiful girl in the world,” Chris told the Post, adding that he was “sad” she couldn’t come with him to Elton’s shindig because she was rehearsing for her upcoming Diamonds world tour.
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