Even with the biggest movie and rap album in the country, there was no way Dr. Dre’s old skeletons from his past about physical abuse toward women not arise. Today he released a statement in The New York Times in a to whom it may concern format, acknowledging his crimes and poor choices, most notably towards Dee Barnes and his ex- girlfriend and mother to one of his sons, Michel’le.

“Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life,” Dre added. “However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I’ve been married for 19 years and every day I’m working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again.”

“I apologize to the women I’ve hurt,” the producer told the paper. “I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.”

Apple, who just started a new partnership with Dre for his Beats headphones has also issued a public statement:

“Dre has apologized for the mistakes he’s made in the past and he’s said that he’s not the same person that he was 25 years ago. We believe his sincerity and after working with him for a year and a half, we have every reason to believe that he has changed.”