Wonders will never cease. Did R&B singer Chris Brown actually mature a few years and thank Adele for the scolding she allegedly gave him at the Grammy awards Sunday night in Hollywood? As uncharacteristic as that might appear, that's what a Twitter posting he wrote on Feb. 14 seemed to say.
"Pleasure to meet u @OfficialAdele I heard your words and that's all that matters," Brown tweeted. "Thank u for speaking truth. CB."
The Twitter post was apparently in response to Adele's tweet the day before when she attempted to quell speculation (like that posed by EOnline) that she had berated Brown at the Grammys because he refused to stand when Frank Ocean won the Best Urban Contemporary Album award (for which Brown was also nominated). (He and Ocean recently came to blows in an L.A. recording studio parking lot.) A photo taken at the awards ceremony seeming to display Adele telling off a bewildered-looking Brown quickly gathered traction in the rumor mill.
But Adele's tweet sought to reinterpret the image. She tweeted, "Chris Brown and I were complimenting each other in that photo actually."
So was Adele, known for her outspokenness, simply trying to be diplomatic? She could have complimented Brown and his music at the same time she upbraided him for being such a poor sport concerning Ocean's win.
Brown's words to Adele were somewhat ambiguous, noting that he had heard her and that she had spoke the truth -- which could mean anything.
But there might actually have been nothing going on in the picture, just a moment in time that caught expressions and body language in such a way as to suggest sternness on Adele's part and a look of exasperated puzzlement on Brown's. It's just that -- well, the guy standing just over Adele's right shoulder. He seems to be looking askance at Brown, as if he's just heard some words delivered the "Don't Judge Me" singer's way that he's unsure will be taken well.
Of course, as we all know, looks can be deceptive...
Still, it would be nice to think that Adele told off the ever-truculent Brown for his behavior. And it would be nice to think that Brown was finally showing a level of maturity he hasn't displayed recently and had the grace to thank Adele for pointing out his puerile grudge-holding.
It would be nice -- but the truth of the matter most likely is that Adele and Brown were actually simply praising each other's music. The photographer noted that their conversation was not heard.