The turbulent life of singer Chris Brown
Make no mistake: Singer Chris Brown has a lot of problems. And he is responsible for his own behavior. Especially in the domestic violence allegations recently made by his ex-girlfriend, Karrueche Tran. Brown is an adult. He has agency. And finally, he is responsible for legal matters, failed career and personal troubles. That said when you examine the past of R & B star. It is not entirely surprising that his behavior will manifest in this way. This is the hope Brown can get the help that he needs to straighten himself out. And create a better future for himself and his daughter.
He grew up in an abusive home
Brown’s mother and father separated when he was 7 years old. And according to a 2007 interview in the journal Giant, his mother remarried. And she moved Brown into a trailer with her and her second husband. Brown’s stepfather supposedly to have tried to commit suicide by shooting himself. He survived but blinded.
In an interview, Brown talked about the abuse he witnessed. While he grew up at the hands of his stepfather. He said that he told his mother: “I just want you to know that I love you. But someday I’ll get a baseball bat while you [are] working. And I will kill him.”. Brown explained: “He regularly beat my mother. He made me fear all day, scared like I had to pee. I remember one night he made nose mother I bleed. I cried and thought: I’m just gonna go crazy on him one day.’. I hate him to this day.”
He wanted to break the cycle
Brown said the abuse he suffered while growing up has made him become more respectful of women. Before his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna. Brown has told Tyra Banks on Tyra, “[Abuse] affect me. Especially for women, I treat them with the other. I do not want to go through the same thing. Or put a woman through the same thing that my stepfather put my mother through.”
“For the most part, it has changed me because now I’ve aged, I’ve realized how to overcome everything. But I always scared and shy when I was young.” Brown said. “I used to so scared, I had to pee on the bed! I think I worry and scared to get up.” He added, “My mom used to try to hide it from me and my sister. We knew what was happening.”. Brown also said he kept the Bible under his pillow. And he tried to talk to her mother about the abuse “all the time. But when a woman is in love, you don’t look at it like that.”
Brown started music when only 13 when the talent scout discovered. At 16, he signed to a major record label and released their debut album. The child star too often faced with the problem of addiction. And the law just looks at Lindsay Lohan, Eddie Furlong, and Corey Haim and Brown’s early fame may have had major consequences in his later life.
The Rihanna assault may have changed him
Before the Grammy Awards in 2009, Brown and Rihanna abruptly canceled an appearance at the show. News later said Brown attacked Rihanna before the event. The “Umbrella” singer hospitalized. And the details were grim: punching, biting, choking. Photos of Rihanna’s injuries leaked to the press.
Brown removed from several authentication deals, apologized “for what transpired,” and said he was receiving advisory. In April 2009, he pleaded not guilty to felony attack. But by June of that year, he’d struck a plea deal and sentenced to 180 days of community service. Brown expressed disappointment at retailers for allegedly not stocking his albums. And he deferred a European tour when the UK refused to grant him a visa.
Rihanna later said Diane Sawyer on 20/20, “It was not the same person that says I love you. It was not those…eyes. He had…no soul in his eyes. Available only empty. He apparently blacked out. No one when I looked at him.”
Rihanna felt like she had to save him
Perhaps because of his past, when Brown attacked Rihanna, she still felt like he was a victim. “I was that girl. That girl who felt that as much torment as this relationship is. Perhaps some people built stronger than others.” she told Vanity Fair in October 2015. “Maybe I’m one of those built to handle s**t like this. Maybe I was almost as a guardian angel to this person. That is when they’re not strong enough when they’re not understanding the world when they just need someone to encourage them in a positive way and say the right thing… I wanted to protect him. I feel people do not understand him. Even after… But you know, after a while, you will realize that in that situation you are the enemy.”
He may suffer from substance abuse
Brown was somewhat outspoken about drug use in his past. He said the Ebro in the Morning in October 2014, “I was drinking syrup, the Xanax. That’s the hood cocktail. I was falling asleep on video sets, I reviled people out randomly. I was doing crazy stuff. I would wake up and like, ‘Hey man, what time are we shooting this video?’ And they would like, ‘We shot it yesterday.’ I’d be like ‘Damn!'” Brown realized, “This is not for me. As time progressed I was like, ‘Let me chill out.’ I do not want to become a zombie when I meet people. Or say the wrong thing. Or end up punching somebody or doing something crazy…like I did…because I affected some bull.”
Unfortunately, Brown cannot really quit using substances when he said he did. In November 2015, TMZ reported that Brown loved ones concerned that he may abuse sizzurp. He drank around his daughter, Royalty. In January 2016, Brown’s mother, Nia Guzman, accused him as he made his daughter’s risk of asthma. Because he allegedly smoking marijuana around Royalty. Guzman also expressed concern about the alleged use seizure of Brown.
In May 2016, Brown and his crew had kicked out of a private jet. Because he allegedly smoked marijuana. Before the takeoff to make the whole plane becomes weeding. In June 2016, his tour manager, Nancy Ghosh, quit work after the singer allegedly threatened her when he was supposedly “irrational and high on drugs.” reported TMZ. Ghosh’s exit coincided with a controversial trip. In which Brown narrowly escaped DUI charges in Amsterdam for riding a dirt bike immediately after relishing one of the city’s infamous “coffee” shops.
Brown has denied all the allegations mentioned above.
His attorney said Brown is battling mental illness
Brown’s lawyer declares the singer’s alleged substance abuse may be a manner of self-medication for mental illnesses.
In October 2013, Brown arrested for assault in Washington, D.C. After he punched two men. He spent 36 hours behind bars. After which his charges reduced to a misdemeanor. And he came back to California for a probation hearing.
After a quarrel in 2013 at DC, Brown went to an anger-management rehabilitation facility “to focus and understanding of the behavior in the past and more recently of him. And allowing him to continue to pursue life and his career from a perspective convenient and healthier”.But less than three weeks after he checked in, he evicted from the base for allegedly violent behavior. A judge condemned Brown to complete an extra 90 days of treatment at a different anger-management facility.
- Brown in court
In a court from a probation hearing obtained by E! News, Brown’s lawyer stated that mental illness was fueling Brown’s problems. Brown’s lawyer saying that the singer required “close supervision by his treating physician in order to ensure his bipolar mental health condition remains stable. It is not unusual for patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Bipolar II to use substances to self-medicate their biomedical mood swings. Mr. Brown became rampage and acted out physically due to his untreated mental health disorder. Severe sleep deprivation, inappropriate self-medicating and untreated PTSD.”
His attorney added that Brown “would like to notify the court that he appreciates what he has learned in the rehabilitation facility. As it has made him change his life for the better. He remains grateful to the court for the opportunity to find out and learn about himself. His anger problems and the type of person he wants to become, which is a man who is able to improve himself and become a positive role model.”
The judge in the case said that Brown was showing signs of improvement and ordered the “Loyal” singer to stay for two more months. That did not happen. Less than three weeks later, Brown supposedly booted from the facility. And he detained into police custody for allegedly getting too close to women. He refusing a drug test, and for making a “mockery” of the program during a group session, reported TMZ.
He sexually abused as a child
In 2013, Brown said the Guardian that he lost his virginity when he was just 8 years old to an older girl who was “14 or 15.” Based on consent laws, that constitutes rape. But Brown did not see it that way. He explaining that he and his big group of male cousins watched a ton of porn as kids. “At that time, we were already kind of like hot to trot; you know what I’m saying? Like, girls, we were not shy to talk to them. I wasn’t scared. So, at eight years old, can do it, it kind of preps you for the long run, so you can be a beast at it. You can be the best of it.”
Is he a pop culture pariah?
While Brown is surely no saint, there have been a lot of other celebrities who’ve done similar. Or even worse things and not trolled by the likes of Chrissy Teigen and the rest of the world for it. Actor Charlie Sheen has a series of domestic disturbances under his belt. Mark Wahlberg blinded a man; Sean Penn accused of kidnapping and abusing Madonna. Or Michael Fassbender accused of dragging his ex-girlfriend alongside their car. The list goes on and on.
Brown’s seeming lack of regret and accountability for his actions has played a role in his demonization. But some argue that racial bias and media bias have had a hand in the public’s unwillingness to forgive him. It is can a reason why he can’t seem to stop acting out.
“I’ve taken my fair share of lashings. I’ve handled with the media. Instead of being an artist, I called a woman beater. I insulted in public and judged.” he told JET (via CNN). “I’m not perfect. And I think I don’t have to be. We supposed to make mistakes. I’m not an android or a robot.”