Chris Brown Talks Rihanna, Jail Time: “Maybe I Was Out of Control”

Rihanna & Chris
Rihanna and Chris Brown have an awkward run-in.
Chris Brown is trying to move past all his problems with the law. Desperately.

In his latest interview with Billboard, the “Loyal” singer opens up about his 108-day stint in jail and that infamous assault on Rihanna that’s still following him around these days, telling the music magazine that “redemption is being able to be completely humble and love yourself.”

“[I had to feel] like this happened for a reason. There was a purpose. Maybe I was out of control too much. Or I needed something to humble me to the point where I get it. At that point, I didn’t look at it as trying to get out of the situation but learn from it,” he says of the jail time he served this year for violating parole after assaulting a stranger in October 2013. “My maturity level has risen as far as my realizing what’s important. Realizing that I’m human like everyone else. At the end of the day, it’s just a humbling experience.”

“I just have to realize it comes with the territory in this day and age of social media,” he continues. “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. People are going to say what they want to say. I don’t look over my shoulder or wish I could turn back the hands of time. Life is a learning experience, so I’m learning as I go. I’m not walking around angry about anything. So you just have to let it be.”

Brown, whose legal problems started to arise when he brutally attacked then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2008, adds that he hopes one day people can stop associating him with the violent crime and that their tumultuous relationship will no longer be brought up in conversation.

“When we’re not relevant anymore, that might be the case,” he muses. “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.”

He continues, “I just feel positive about life in general. Whatever happens will happen, and God has me. I’m going to keep my faith and be focused on my family, friends, fans and music. And from there just be the best Chris Brown I can be.”

Despite recently having his name dragged into yet another violent incident, in which hip-hop mogul Suge Knight was shot at Brown’s Pre-MTV VMA party at Hollywood’ 1OAK nightclub Aug. 24, the 25-year-old maintains that he is moving forward past his troubled history. He tells the publication in a different statement, “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,” he continues. “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.”