A large amount of people still think of Chris only as the guy who assaulted Rihanna in Feb. 2009, but in an eye-opening new interview, the R&B singer reveals that he has grown so much since that enormous mistake, and that he’s still working hard to learn from his past blunders.
Chris Brown Opens Up About Rihanna Assault
Opening up about the violent incident in a rare interview with The Guardian, Chris describes it as “probably the biggest wake-up call for me.” He continues, saying that looking back on that moment when he lost control made him see that he had a lot of maturing left to do: “I had to stop acting like a little teenager, a crazy, wild young guy.”
Though most paint Chris as an eternally violent figure almost four years after the assault, the singer is trying to get people to see that the incident was an aberration. “You can talk with all my girls that I did mess with before, and it’s never been a violent history,” he says.
Chris Brown On Rihanna Violence: ‘I Learned From It’
But Chris definitely isn’t in denial — he knows what he did was wrong. The only thing for him to do about it now is to grow from it. “I learned from it, and it was almost like… I wouldn’t say it happened for a reason, but it was something to trigger my mind to be more of a mature adult. To handle myself in situations, don’t throw tantrums, don’t be a baby,” Chris also says.
The 24-year-old’s violence towards Rihanna is definitely a horrific mark on his character — one that is hard to look past — but no one is without guilt. What should really define a person is not his mistakes, but how he learns from them.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Has Chris learned from his past? Let us know!
— Andrew Gruttadaro