Singer Chris Brown has had his own experience with domestic violence. Seeing it as a child growing up, and then that fateful night in February of 2009 when he had an altercation with then-girlfriend, Rihanna. CB had some advice for estranged NFL running back Ray Rice, “it’s all about the choices you make.”
“I think it’s all about the choices you make,” Brown told MTV News’ Sway Calloway on Thursday (September 11). “With me, I deal with a lot of anger issues from my past – not knowing how to express myself verbally and at the same time not knowing how to cope with my emotions and deal with them and understand what they are.”
“So I think help is great,” he added. “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 bottle up and you’ll become a monster.”
“For me, dealing with my anger issues and understanding myself and the life I’ve been through, where I’m headed and where I want to be has helped me focus on what’s really important and not F up,” he explained. “For anybody who’s going through that situation or anybody who’s dealing with it — it’s all about the choices. Every situation is different but it’s all about the choices you make and how you control your anger.”
“To Ray, or anybody else — because I’m not better than the next man — I can just say I’ve been down that road. I deal with situations and I’ve made my mistakes too, but it’s all about how you push forward and how you control yourself.”
Chris is still dealing with the final months of his probation stemming from that case and has a new album dropping this month. Some fans have forgiven him, Rihanna has, and he was able to get his career back also. Ray should take note of the positive changes Brown made.