Embattled singer Chris Brown has opened up about his anger management struggles, revealing he sits down with a therapist twice a week.
Asked to comment on the scandal surrounding American football player Ray Rice, who was fired from the Baltimore Ravens earlier this week (beg08Sep14) after video footage of his attack on his now-wife in a hotel elevator emerged, the Kiss Kiss star told MTV News the sportsman has to make some life-altering decisions, just like he did following his assault conviction in 2009.
Brown tells interviewer Sway, "I dealt with a lot of anger issues from my past, not knowing how to express myself verbally... and not knowing how to cope with my emotions. "Help is great; I still talk to my therapist twice a week, and it helps me to... if I'm frustrated and I'm dealing with something, to vent and say what I'm going through so I can hear from an actual clinical person: 'This is how you should react', or, 'It's good to feel this way because feelings, emotions and energy are supposed to come and go. It's not supposed to stay there, you're not supposed to keep it inside, because it'll just bottle up and you'll become a monster'. "For me, dealing with my anger issues... it has helped me really focus on what's important."
He adds, "It's all about the choices you do make... I've been down that road and I've made my mistakes too, but it's all about how you deal and push forward and control your anger."
Brown is still battling anger issues and he was ordered to spend time in rehab last year (13) following a fight outside a hotel in Washington, D.C. The singer was sent to jail in March (14) when he was kicked out of the facility for failing to obey the rules. The hitmaker is still on probation for his attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
One-time abuse victim Rihanna's introduction to U.S. TV's Thursday Night Football special was yanked at the last minute on Thursday (11Sep14) and replaced with an interview with embattled league commissioner Roger Goodell amid the sport's ongoing domestic violence drama.
Rihanna’s Jay Z collaboration Run This Town was billed as part of the launch of the 2014 season of the CBS show, but network bosses decided the programme should open with a more serious message following the recent Ray Rice scandal.
Rice was arrested earlier this year (14) following an altercation with his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Sickening footage of the incident has since been released and earlier this month (Sep14) the sportsman was kicked off the Baltimore Ravens roster and banned from playing in the National Football League (NFL).
Goodell came under fire from the media and women's rights groups for not acting sooner in dealing with Rice, amid accusations he and NFL bosses don't take domestic violence seriously enough. The commissioner has since spoken out about the scandal, dismissing reports that suggested the footage of Rice knocking his now-wife unconscious was made available to NFL executives in April (14), and his exclusive interview with CBS newswoman Norah O'Donnell was replayed at the beginning of the Thursday night football coverage, as well as a chat with Ravens team owner Steve Bisciotti.
As a result, Rihanna's reworked Run This Town, featuring a comedic segment starring Don Cheadle, was axed.
Announcing the decision hours before the big game, CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said, "We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone coverage." Ironically, the featured game was a clash between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. Rihanna was a victim of abuse in 2009 when her then-boyfriend Chris Brown attacked her during a fight on the eve of the Grammy Awards. The R&B singer is still on probation following his violent actions.
Chris Brown has distanced himself from reports suggesting members of his entourage became embroiled in a brawl at a New York club, insisting he and his friends were not involved.
The R&B star was hosting an event at the VIP Room in the early hours of Thursday (11Sep14) when a fight broke out at the venue. According to the New York Post, bottles were thrown as some people in his crew clashed with another group sitting nearby and one reveller caught up in the fracas suffered an eye injury.
Police were called to the scene, but no arrests were made. Brown has since taken to his Twitter.com blog to clear up rumours suggesting he was involved, claiming the fight had nothing to do with his entourage.
He writes, "There was no brawl involving me or anyone from my camp last night at VIP room. The devil is in full effect at all times. God is the way." Meanwhile, representatives for VIP Room have verified Brown's account of the clash in a statement issued to WENN, which reads: "An incident unrelated to Chris Brown occurred between two patrons, approximately 50 feet away from Brown and his group... "Chris Brown was completely oblivious to the incident and had nothing to do with what transpired nor was he or any of his group affected in anyway (sic). VIP ROOM is cooperating with the police and their investigation."
The Kiss Kiss hitmaker is no stranger to club controversy - he faced-off with rapper Drake in a similar brawl at another Big Apple nightclub in 2012.
R&B star Chris Brown found himself in the middle of another club brawl in the early hours of Thursday (11Sep14) after members of his entourage clashed with revellers in New York. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker was hosting an event at the VIP Room hotspot when some people in his crew became embroiled in a heated altercation with a group sitting nearby.
Bottles were reportedly thrown as tempers flared and one person suffered an eye injury as a result of the fight.
Police were called to the venue to investigate, but no arrests were made, reports the New York Post.
It is not yet known if Brown himself was directly involved in the scuffle, which took place two years after he faced-off with rapper Drake in a similar brawl at another Big Apple nightclub.
The news comes a week after Brown was sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to a misdemeanour assault following an incident in Washington, D.C. last year (13).
The hitmaker was jailed in March (14) after violating his probation when he was kicked out of a rehab facility, where he was seeking court-ordered treatment for anger management issues following the altercation. He was still on probation after he attacked his then-girlfriend Rihanna on the eve of the Grammy Awards in 2009.
Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Jessica Chastain are among the stars who have taken to the Internet to mark 13 years since the terrorist atrocities of 9/11. New York City was devastated by the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 11 September, 2001, which - along with a downed airliner in Pennsylvania on the same day - claimed almost 3,000 lives.
Some of the world's biggest stars joined together on Thursday (11Sep14) to mark 13 years since the horrifying events, with pop superstar Lady Gaga writing in a post on her Twitter.com page, "Today we remember and honour all the lives + families ruined by the tragedy of 9/11. Practice love in their memory today #WeWillNeverForget (sic)."
Fellow singer Taylor Swift reveals she recently visited the 9/11 memorial site in New York City and it had a profound effect on her: "Visiting the @Sept11Memorial this year was something I'll never forget, in memory of a day we will always remember with tears in our eyes."
Hollywood actress Chastain urged fans to visit the 9/11 memorial museum in the Big Apple, tweeting, "Today the 9/11 museum is open to the public. We remember the lives that were lost this day 13 years ago."
LeAnn Rimes simply writes, "September 11 #NeverForget #September11 (sic)," while actor Gary Sinise adds, "Remembering all those lost in terrorist attack 13 years ago, and remembering with gratitude all who have stepped up to serve. Never Forget."
Other tributes have come in from singer Chris Brown, hip-hop stars Missy Elliott and Queen Latifah, music mogul Russell Simmons, rocker Bret Michaels, and John Stamos, Alyssa Milano, Gabrielle Union and singer Chely Wright.
R&B superstar Usher has removed his forthcoming album from the 2014 release schedule in a bid to spend more time perfecting the project. The Yeah hitmaker had been expected to unveil UR, his eighth studio disc, by the year's end to accompany his upcoming tour, The UR Experience, but he has since decided to delay its release.
He tells Billboard.com, "The album isn't scheduled anymore. I've basically taken it back. I'm taking my time with it. At the end of the day, all of this is just about having fun. You get in the studio (and) go with how you feel."
Usher has already recorded tracks with guests including Nicki Minaj, Pharrell Williams, Ed Sheeran, Skrillex, Diplo and Drake, but there's one additional artist he has also been spending time with in the studio - Chris Brown.
He reveals, "There is another record that we worked on for the album. The relationship is great... we've been able to build."
A new release date for UR has yet to be set, but The UR Experience tour, with R&B newcomer August Alsina, is still set to kick off in Montreal, Canada on 1 November (14).
Chris Brown has branded his recent jail stint "humbling" and insisted his three-month stretch behind bars changed him for the better. The troubled pop star spent more than three months in custody earlier this year (14) for a probation violation stemming from his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown was released from prison in June (14), and has now opened up about his life inside.
He tells Billboard magazine, "A guard wakes you up; you eat. You stay in your cell most of the time, basically 24 hours a day... It's isolation... My maturity level has risen as far as my realising what's important... At the end of the day, it's just a humbling experience.
"You're more appreciative of everything else that's on the outside. A burger tastes 1,000 times better when you're out... I just missed my family... I missed my dad and mom, all my cousins... seeing people's faces and smiles."
Brown also admits he was unable to use his time behind bars productively as he felt prison crushed his creativity.
He adds, "Jail isn't a place of many creative spirits. But as far as my creativity, I put it on hold until I got out. Jail is more of a regimen and a structure. I'm more of a free spirit when it comes to creating music, painting and art. So when I got out, I was very excited to get into the studio."
However, the star is adamant jail changed him for good: "(I 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."
R&B star Chris Brown is determined to put his chequered past behind him after confessing he had been "out of control". The Kiss Kiss singer has been involved in a number of legal battles over the past few years, from assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 to the more recent charge of beating up a man outside a hotel in Washington, D.C. last year (13).
In the latest issue of Billboard magazine, which features Brown on the cover, he discusses his forthcoming album X and his recent troubles, admitting, "Maybe I was out of the control."
However, days after the interview took place, Brown was witness to yet another unforeseen incident, as hip-hop mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight was shot at a party in Los Angeles hosted by the singer last month (Aug14).
Brown reached back out to Billboard to release his first statement after the incident, saying, "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.
"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. 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."
Chris Brown is putting together a team to take part in a charity walk to raise funds for AIDS research. The troubled pop star is gathering a group of fundraisers to join the 30th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles next month (Oct14) through his Symphonic Love Foundation, and members include his on/off girlfriend Karrueche Tran.
The singer posted a link to his team's page on his Twitter.com account and urged fans to donate, writing, "All my LA people! Sign up to donate and walk in this years AIDS Walk LA with me and my team!"
The event takes place in L.A. on 12 October (14).
Troubled singer Chris Brown has escaped further jail time after pleading guilty to an assault charge.
The Kiss Kiss hitmaker appeared at a court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday morning (02Sep14) and admitted beating up a man outside a hotel in the city last year (13).
Brown, who spent two months in prison earlier this year (14) for a probation violation, was sentenced to time already served for the misdemeanour assault charge and was fined $150 (). During the hearing he apologised for his actions, telling the judge, "I'm sorry, I am very sorry."
He walked free from court with his on/off girlfriend Karrueche Tran by his side.
The singer's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, was previously convicted on an assault charge stemming from the attack. Brown's court appearance on Tuesday marked the third time officials had attempted to resolve the case with the star. He missed a previous plea hearing scheduled for Friday (29Aug14) due to travel difficulties.