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Chris Brown: I Lost My Virginity at 8 – Talks Sex, Porn, ‘Rihanna Incident’ in Guardian

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Chris Brown opens up about his troubled past, sexual history, beating of Rihanna, and future goals in an explosive interview with The Guardian.

“I would say I’m an inspirational guidelines book,” he tells the newspaper. “You can take my life story or scenarios or songs and relate to them, and apply them to your everyday life. You know, whether it be personal or musical, I just think I’m a walking art piece, just a ball of creativity.”

Brown is unable to identify anything he’s done bad, except “just being able to relax and sleep.”

He reveals that he lost his virginity at 8 years old to a girl who was 14 or 15.

“It’s different in the country,” Brown explains, referring to his small town upbringing in Virginia.

He says that he watched so much porn with his cousins, he was ready to go at a young age.

“By that point, we were already kind of like hot to trot, you know what I’m saying?” observes Brown. “Like, girls, we weren’t afraid to talk to them; I wasn’t afraid. So, at eight, being able to do it, it kind of preps you for the long run, so you can be a beast at it. You can be the best at it.”

He won’t say how many women he’s slept with, but Brown explains, “You know how Prince had a lot of girls back in the day? Prince was, like, the guy. I’m just that, today. But most women won’t have any complaints if they’ve been with me. They can’t really complain. It’s all good.”

Brown does he regret getting famous as a teenager.

“I think me being able to travel from the small town I was from, me already having a good IQ, and you know being intelligent, and regular stuff, I just had to learn more and more of the street life, you know, how to maneuver around a room full of wolves,” he explains.

What he describes as the “Rihanna incident” was a turning point.

Brown says, “That was probably, like, one of the most troubling times in my life, because I was 18 or 19, so being able to feel the hatred from more adult people, you don’t understand it at the time, because you made a mistake.”

He calls it “probably the biggest wake-up call for me. I had to stop acting like a little teenager, a crazy, wild young guy.”

But he says the physical altercation with Rihanna was not representative of his relationships with women.

“You can talk with all my girls that I did mess with before, and it’s never been a violent history,” says Brown, later adding, “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.”

The interviewer is curious about the neck tattoo Brown got last year, which features a battered face many outlets mistook for Rihanna.

“I really don’t care. A tattoo’s a tattoo; it’s my body, my skin,” says the singer.

He continues, “My favorite line is, ‘F*ck you.’ I like giving the world a big f*ck you. Every tattoo I have is a big f*ck you. So it’s just, like, this is just me, and I’m the guy who’s going to be just the same guy at all times.”

“This is not Rihanna’s face… I just got a tat,” repeats Brown. “Like I say, a tat is on my body, so it’s personal. I liked how it looked, so I thought I’d get it done. It’s all good.”

He says that his recent sentencing to an additional 1,000 hours of community service in connection with the Rihanna case was vindictive.

“Oh, absolutely. They want me to be the example. Young black kids don’t have the fairer chances,” says Brown. “You can see Lindsay Lohan in and out of court every day, you see Charlie Sheen, whoever else, do what they want to do.”

He continues, “There hasn’t been any incident that I started since I got on probation, even with the Frank Ocean fight, the Drake situation, all those were defense modes. People think I just walk around as the aggressor, this mad black guy, this angry, young, troubled kid, but I’m not. I’m more and more laid-back. It’s just that people know if they push a button, it’ll make more news than their music. Attaching themselves to me, good or bad, will benefit them.”

Brown calls the anger management class he attended “sexist.”

How so?

“It was beneficial because it made me cater more to a woman’s thoughts and a woman’s needs, and how to handle situations,” says Brown. “But the class itself, no disrespect to the class, but the class itself only tells you you’re wrong, you’re wrong, you’re wrong.”

As for his current goals, Brown is aiming high.

“I don’t want to be rich, I want to be wealthy. There’s a difference, you know? I’m rich, but I’m not in the $200m mark,” he says.

In terms of his music, he wants “to sell ground-breaking numbers on an album. Just to be able to have that moment to say, I did it. So as like, I have a stamp. I would really like to mean something to the world, instead of me just being this fungus… [like] the decay of society. I don’t want to be the decay of society, I’d like to be the uplifting part.”

But he suspects his upcoming X could be his last album, because the format is dying.

“You can blame it on downloads, but the numbers are what they are,” he says. “After this, maybe I’ll release a single every few months, or release a song; you’re still going to hear my music and videos.”

 


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