2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

Chris Brown gave his first interview to Billboard since he’s left jail. In it, Brown, 25, speaks about his time in jail, the lessons he’s learned, and whether or not we (the public) will ever get over his relationship with Rihanna.


He speaks candidly about his issues and fights he’s had with others (Frank Ocean and Drake), as well as his bipolar diagnosis and upcoming album, “X.”

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On whether he wrote while in jail:

No. You know, jail isn’t a place of many creative spirits. But as far as my creativity, I put it on hold until I got out. Jail is more of a regimen and a structure. I’m more of a free spirit when it comes to creating music, painting and art. So when I got out, I was very excited to get into the studio. I didn’t have any ideas or concepts; they usually come as I go [in to record].

On whether or not his former relationship with Rihanna won’t be brought up anymore:

When we’re not relevant anymore, that might be the case. As long as you’re doing something good, people will always bring up old stuff or negative stuff because they don’t want you to surpass a certain level or elevate. But as long as you have your head on straight, it shouldn’t matter what people want to say.

On living in the public eye: 

Everybody gets caught up watching Instagram or whatever; they have jokes and all kinds of things. I can still engage in it but not participate in the negative side. 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.

Read the rest of the interview here.

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