Chris Brown Talks Reuniting With Rihanna, Fan Appreciation + His New Album ‘X’
Chris Brown rarely does interviews. So it was a treat to hear the crooner dish the dirt with Ryan Seacrest. After a year of turmoil, it appears that Brown is focused and ready to move on to his next musical chapter.
First off, some interesting news: Breezy is planning to drop his first single and video for ‘Fine China’ on April 1. So it won’t be no April Fools joke. The song will be the first single from the crooner’s upcoming sixth album, ‘X.’
So what does ‘X’ stand for? “I’ll be 24 when the album comes out, so X is the 24th letter in the alphabet,” he explains. “It also means the roman numeral for X — I’ve been doing this for 10 years now. My birthday is 5/5/89, five and five is 10.”
Now here’s the juicy part of the interview. Seacrest was able to get Brown to open up about his relationship with his boo Rihanna. Their reunion has disgusted many people because of Brown’s disgraceful actions in 2009 with assaulting the pop singer hours before the Grammy Awards. It’s an incident that Brown says he regrets to this day.
“I just tried my best to be the best man I could be over the years and just show her how remorseful and sorry I was for the incident and that time was probably the worst part of my life and being that she has and she’s a wonderful person I’m eternally grateful and thankful,” he says.
Brown admits that at one point the 2009 incident could have ruined his career. “Not just saying fame or stardom because that’s not what’s it all about. I’m talking about just dignity and integrity,” he says.
“I could put that on my age but that would just be making an excuse,” he adds. “So I think it’s about a learning process now. Being at that young age I can tell you I was arrogant and definitely hotheaded. Everybody has a temper, but for me it was not knowing how to control it when I thought I had the world in my hands.”
Of course, there are some people who can’t seem to let it go. “People are entitled to their opinions. I can’t go around blaming,” Brown says. “It’s all about my responsibility and me growing up as a man. So I think now that I’m becoming older, and trying to mature in this life under the public eye at all times, I have to focus on doing the right thing and being more of a humble individual.”
Elsewhere in the interview Brown talks about the $10 tipping fiasco that made its way onto TMZ. “I’m a great tipper. Ten dollars is not a problem…[it] was five dollar parking at the place…but before we went in, I gave the man $100 dollars,” he explains. “We had two cars. It’s five dollar parking. Okay, do the math. So when we came out he was like, ‘You know what? We need $20 for each car.’ And I said, ‘Sir, I just gave you $100.’ So he was like, ‘No, no we need $10.’ So he was just going around trying to see if he could get more money and I was like, ‘no,’ so by that time it was a situation.”
In the meantime, Brown is currently working on his LP ‘X,’ which is schedule for release later this year. “The direction I want to go for this album is kind of like the same base for the first album. I have the humble mind state of going in the studio with any producer, any writer in trying to make a great project,” he said.
“I kind of put the Quincy Jones formula on it,” he continues. “With [bringing] all the producers in and locking them in one studio and try to make a great project.”
Listen to Chris Brown’s Interview With Ryan Seacrest