In the years since Chris Brown assaulted his then-girlfriend Rihanna the night of the 2009 Grammys, it’s been hard for many to separate the R&B superstar from the infamous photo of a bruised and battered pop princess. Recently Chris discussed “the Rihanna incident,” as he refers to it, with UK publication The Guardian.

“[It was] probably the biggest wake-up call for me,” he says. “I had to stop acting like a little teenager, a crazy, wild young guy.” When the reporter asks if Chris viewed his then-19-year-old self as a “crazy, wild young guy” before February 2009, Chris replies, “No, not at all … cos you can talk with all my girls that I did mess with before, and it’s never been a violent history.”

The now-24-year-old adds: “But at the same time, I learned from it, and it was almost like...I wouldn’t say it happened for a reason, but it was something to trigger my mind to be more of a mature adult. To handle myself in situations, don’t throw tantrums, don’t be a baby about it.”

For assaulting Rihanna, Brown received a restraining order and was sentenced to complete more than 1,400 hours of community service, attend domestic violence classes, and serve five years on probation. So yeah, it’s good to hear that was a wake-up call.

Source: The Guardian


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