When Chris Brown burst onto the scene, he was an innocent teen singing about puppy love. To sum it up: Brown was a squeaky clean guy that parents wanted their daughters to bring home. That all changed February 8, 2009, when Brown physically assaulted his then-girlfriend Rihanna.
The fight left Rihanna with facial injuries, which were photographed and leaked by the Los Angeles Police Department following the altercation. The photos grabbed headlines and opened up the discussion about domestic abuse. After that, Brown’s downward spiral in the media continued for years, which all came to a head when he was sentenced to 108 days in jail due to yet another physical altercation. Prior to his arrest, he had been involved in high-profile fights with other R&B singers, including Drake and Frank Ocean.
Despite his actions, Brown has done all he can to try to preserve his image — and has failed time and time again. Now Brown is owning up to his actions in a very candid interview with Billboard magazine.
Of his dark past, he told the magazine, “[R]edemption is being able to be completely humble and love yourself.”
As for everything he has gone through, Chris is singing a different tune. Instead of fighting against the allegations and his violent outbursts, it looks like the R&B singer is trying to gain perspective on the last few years of his life.
“There was a purpose. Maybe I was out of control too much. Or I needed something to humble me to the point where I get it. At that point, I didn’t look at it as trying to get out of the situation but learn from it.”
We can only assert that this has everything to do with the jail time he served after violating his parole when he assaulted a stranger in October 2013.
So how has Brown changed?
“My maturity level has risen as far as my realizing what’s important. Realizing that I’m human like everyone else. At the end of the day, it’s just a humbling experience.”
That said, there are some naysayers who insist Brown is just one outburst away from getting locked up again. Right before the VMAs, Chris Brown’s party grabbed headlines when the gathering was interrupted after gunfire erupted. While music CEO Suge Knight sustained injuries, it’s believed that Brown was the initial target. At the time, witnesses said that Brown stood in the center of it all soaking up the moment with his hands spread out from side to side in true gangster fashion.
So what has really changed? Well, these days the singer isn’t concerned if everyone likes him.
“Not everyone in the world is going to particularly love me. But I’m cool with that. As long as I love myself and my music, I’m fine. People are going to say what they want to say.”
Do you think Chris Brown has changed his ways?