Chris Brown has moved on from the Rihanna assault and wants his critics to do the same. The r'n'b singer, who has had multiple run-ins with the law since the 2009 incident, says that while he knows he will never be free from the domestic violence stigma, he is tired of apologising for past mistakes.
Speaking to WWD ( Women's Wear Daily), the 27-year-old star said he no longer has time to entertain negativity. Like many artists he finds refuge in music during difficult times and now prefers to express himself through his creativity. He recently unveiled his dance track Party featuring Usher and Gucci Manel, and his clothing brand Black Pyramid is thriving.
"I feel like my opinions vocally can be misconstrued but you can't ever deny the talent or the music that comes behind it. I would rather withdraw on trying to prove myself or apologise for a mistake I made when I was 17 (sic), " he told the fashion publication. "I'm 27. That's 10 years ago. I'm pretty sure 10 years ago, you might have done some s**t where you were like, 'Damn, I'm a bigger person.'"
In February 2009, the New Flame hitmaker attacked then-girlfriend RiRi after a pre-Grammy awards party in Los Angeles. He was sentenced to community service, a probation order and a five-year restraining order after pleading no contest to the assault charges in court later that year.
"Nobody wants to have that stigma for the rest of their life but in retrospect, I could give a f**k about that stigma at the end of the day," the Grammy winner said. "I know my positive lane, I know my positive objective. That's why my music has always transcended as well as the fashion."
Back in June, Brown drew from his life experiences to offer support to a troubled fan contemplating suicide. Responding to the young woman in a direct message, he admitted that although he had also "been there mentally", life was too beautiful to "check out early".
The father-of-one wrote: "I had faith in 'God'! (not faith in people/humans). We all are lost and we all want to feel love, appreciation and joy!!! I battle with myself and my demons every day!!!!! Trust. Rich/poor doesn't matter!!! Self-doubt and public opinion clouds our thoughts!!!"