Chris Brown: 'Maybe I was out of control'

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By JENNY DEPPER and NADIA SIKANDER

Chris Brown is aiming to put the past behind him – for good.

The 25-year-old singer nabbed the recent cover of Billboard magazine and is opening up about his troubled and tumultuous career, which spiraled out of control following his 2009 conviction for assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna.



Breezy, who pleaded guilty on Tuesday to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to time served for an altercation in Washington D.C. in 2013, revealed that there was a time when he thought he "was out of control."

"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," Brown told Billboard. "No one can please everyone. No one can live in the past and expect to grow."

Trying to move forward hasn't been easy since trouble seems to follow the "Baby" singer. On August 23, Brown hosted a pre-2014 MTV Video Music Awards party at popular Hollywood club 1OAK. Shots were fired inside the club and music mogul Suge Knight and two others were shot.

Brown, who says he was not personally involved in the altercation, responded to the media attention surrounding the event in an additional statement to Billboard. "I realize that what I do for a living opens my life to public scrutiny and that I have a responsibility to everyone because of that exposure."

Exposure aside, Brown is hoping to focus on his music. The crooner will release his new album "X" on September 16 and seems driven to revive his mega-watt career.

"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."

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