Chris Brown’s mother, Joyce Hawkins, is speaking out for the first time since her son was sentenced for the Feb. 8 incident where he assaulted his then-girlfriend, Rihanna.
“I just want to say from the bottom of my heart thank you for your continued support. I’m sorry I wasn’t allowed to speak to anyone as this case was ongoing,” she said in a statement posted on TheChrisBrownFanClub.com.
“I can now say this has been the most painful moment in my entire life, but knowing that you were still standing by Chris’ side in his time of need made this a little easier for us,” she continued. “Because of all your prayers, God brought him through. I just want to say God has never failed me and never will. All moms and dads please stand by your children and pray for their goodness each and every day.”
The singer’s mother said she does not feel shame for what her 20-year-old son did.
“I made a promise. I would never be ashamed of him no matter where I am or who I talk to. You see this whole thing isn’t about Chris, it’s about God,” she said. “He wants to show all of you the goodness of him through Chris. Chris will be addressing all of his fans very soon. We love you so much and so does God.”
Earlier this week, Brown was sentenced to five years probation, 180 days of community labor and 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling for assaulting the Rihanna. He has also been ordered to not have any contact with Rihanna for the entire five years of his probation.