Chris Brown has been uncharacteristically open with the media while on the press run for his upcoming album, X. With his highly anticipated sixth studio release due out soon, Brown visited Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS-FM show to address the steady stream of controversy that’s surrounded his career since he assaulted Rihanna in 2009.
Brown admitted to being "arrogant and hot-headed" at the time of the infamous incident, and said that he has grown as a man and an artist as a result of the fallout. "People are entitled to their opinions. I can’t go around blaming," he said. "It’s all about my responsibility and me growing up as a man. So I think now that I’m becoming older and trying to mature in this life under the public eye at all times, I have to focus on doing the right thing and being more of a humble individual."
The Grammy Award-winning crooner said he entered the studio with a humble mind state for the recording of X, whose title represents his age (X is the 24th letter of the alphabet, Brown will be 24 years old when it’s released) and a new stage of his career (The roman numeral X is a reference to his 10 years in the music game). The new album will reflect the personal transformation he’s gone through in the years since his fall from grace.
"I think for me at that age — 18, 19 — I was capable of writing and producing songs, so I’m also capable of making the right choices," he said. "Everybody has a temper, but for me it was not knowing how to control it when I thought I had the world in my hands."
Brown also spoke on the process of getting Rihanna to forgive him. "I just tried my best to be the best man I could be over the years and just show her how remorseful and sorry I was for the incident," he said. "That time was probably the worst part of my life, and being that she’s a wonderful person, I’m eternally grateful."
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