Kelly Rowland says Chris Brown deserves ‘grace’: ‘We all come up short’
Kelly Rowland doubled down on her support of Chris Brown, encouraging haters to give “grace” and “forgiveness” to the scandal-plagued singer.
“I believe that grace is very real, and we all need a dose of it,” the former Destiny’s Child member told TMZ on Monday. “Before we point fingers at anybody, we should realize how grateful we are for every moment that we get, even for our own [problems] that we have.
“I just think it’s important to remember to be human. We are humans.”
Rowland, 41, noted that “we all need to be forgiven for anything that we could be doing, anything that we’re thinking.”
She concluded, “We all come up short in some sort of way. And grace is real, and we’re all humans. And everybody deserves grace. Period.”
The “Motivation” singer’s plea came one day after she made headlines for shushing audience members who booed Brown, 33, at the 2022 American Music Awards on Sunday.
Rowland, who accepted the Favorite Male R&B Artist award on the “With You” crooner’s behalf, told the crowd, “Excuse me, chill out.”
She went on to call Brown an “incredible performer” before addressing him directly.
“Chris, thank you so much for making great R&B music,” Rowland said on stage. “I’ll take this award [and] bring it to you. I love you. Congratulations, and congratulations to all the nominees in this category.”
Twitter users were quick to react to the unexpected praise, though not all of them saw eye to eye.
“I appreciate what Kelly Rowland did. People will demonize a person as if they can never learn, change or grow,” one fan noted.
I appreciate what Kelly Rowland did. People will demonize a person as if they can never learn, change or grow. Praying for Chris Brown ❤️
— Londie (@londieplus) November 21, 2022
“I truly can’t believe Kelly Rowland defended Chris Brown. Proud of the crowd for booing,” another wrote.
I truly can’t believe Kelly Rowland defended Chris Brown. Proud of the crowd for booing though
— cynthia 🌼 midnights 🌙 (@cyncityTV) November 21, 2022
Brown, meanwhile, made headlines for shading the AMAs after his and Ciara’s Michael Jackson tribute was scrapped.
The “Yeah 3x” singer posted an Instagram Story photo of the awards show’s 3.3 million viewers compared to the nearly 12 million people who watched a video of him rehearsing with Ciara, 37, on social media on Saturday.
“I’ll just leave this here,” he wrote.
Brown has been accused of violence against women multiple times since pleading guilty to one felony count of assaulting his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, in 2009.
Another one of Brown’s exes, Karrueche Tran, obtained a five-year restraining order against the dancer in 2017, alleging that he punched her stomach and pushed her down a set of stairs, which he denied at the time.
Tran, 34, attended Sunday’s show as a presenter.