We’ve known about Chris Brown’s awkward XXL cover for a minute now, but it’s only this week that the mag’s released a glimpse at the profile inside the issue, which happens to be Breezy’s first major interview in more than a year. XXL was also helpful enough to split out the best quotes from the profile, which means that it’s super-easy to psychoanalyze Brown based on his words. And, well, since it’s Chris Brown, we’re going to do just that. Did we learn anything new?
Below, a few of Breezy’s personal statements, ranked from least- to most shocking:
CHRIS BROWN DOES NOT CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS ABOUT HIM:
“If I’m fearless enough to go on stage and perform for about 50,000 people and sing my heart out and damn near die every night flipping, then I’m able to walk with my head high. I shouldn’t worry about what somebody is gonna say about me or their opinion of me.”
CHRIS BROWN HAS A WEIRD MARTYR COMPLEX:
“At this point of my life, I feel like people won’t appreciate me until I am gone. But everyday I work hard to change that.”
CHRIS BROWN ALSO HAS WEIRD ISSUES WITH WOMEN:
“Women are my ultimate challenge but definitely my ultimate want and necessity.”
CHRIS BROWN IS REALLY NOT TRYING TO BEEF WITH DRAKE:
“A lot of people wanna know about the whole situation with me, Drake and Meek Mill. At the end of the day, I’m me, they’re them. They rap, I sing.”
CHRIS BROWN IS EITHER IN AA OR HAS BEEN READING INFINITE JEST:
“I live my life one day at a time, one step at a time so when people tend to not forgive me or say I haven’t shown remorse, I don’t pay attention. I just leave it in God’s hands.”
CHRIS BROWN JUST WANTS PEOPLE TO LIKE HIM:
“I don’t try to be the guy that everybody frowns at when I walk in the room. Hopefully everybody could be like, ‘Oh guess what? Chris Brown just walked in.’ It would be a cool experience to not be like, ‘Ahh man, I knew that guy was an asshole.’”
Plus, one baffling statement from the intro:
For the last four years, Chris Brown has been through his fair share of ups and downs.
We get what they’re trying to say, but is focusing on all that Chris Brown has “been through” really the best way to frame his recent history?