Just hours after receiving a positive probation progress report in a Los Angeles courtroom, Chris Brown candidly spoke with Billboard for our latest cover story, opening up about his upcoming sixth album, X, and what life was like for him behind bars.
Less than two weeks later, Brown was at the center of a new scandal — hip-hop mogul Suge Knight and two others were shot at his VMA pre-party on Aug. 24. In the midst of unsubstantiated reports and endless speculation, the R&B singer reached out to Billboard with this exclusive statement about trying to move past his troubles — even as they nip at his heels.
“I realize that what I do for a living opens my life to public scrutiny and that I have a responsibility to everyone because of that exposure,” Brown tells Billboard. “I can say that I am only human and I have made mistakes. I can say that I try to live my life in the most true, honest way that I can. I am not perfect, no one is. No one is harder on me than me. No one can please everyone. No one can live in the past and expect to grow. I have been moving forward and hope that I am not defined by just a few moments in my life but all of the moments that will make up my life.”