As VIBE relaunch their magazine, they decided to feature Chris Brown, as well as Drake on the cover. Surely this year has probably been the worst year in the life of Chris Brown compared to Drake who had a Cinder-Fella year in rap, which ended with two Grammy nods for a mix tape. Chris Brown may have been knocked down, but he certainly hasn’t been knocked out. Read below as he opens up to Vibe. (I wish they would have done this interview after his twitter rant).
Is there any time a man can justifiably hit a woman?
Nah, never. It’s never okay for a man to hit a woman but it’s [also] never okay for a woman to hit a man. I think domestic violence is not just men on women. Statistically does it happen? Yes. But as a whole it should be looked upon as a mutual thing. It should never be always one-sided. Nobody knows every side of anybody’s life or anybody’s story. It’s not good to put your hands on anybody, period. Both parties. A woman and man, it doesn’t matter. Domestic abuse isn’t just physical. It starts with verbal. Nobody just fights because of whatever. It usually starts from an argument. That’s what goes back to the counseling. Learning how to control your anger and learning how to control situations.
If it wasn’t for all this attention, do you think you and Rihanna would have gotten back together?
Yeah, if it wasn’t for the media and everything else, I think it would have definitely been that. I still would have done counseling or try to do a group thing with me and her but it was something that needed to be resolved before it escalated further.
You said Will Smith called you to offer support. How did that phone conversation go?
Me and him met at certain events but it never was on some, “What’s up man? We going to hang out.” But when I needed him the most, that’s when he stepped in. I was in my house in Virginia and he just called me and said he wanted to talk to me and said his family is praying for me. He basically went into his personal situations. I don’t want to give away what we was talking about?just talking about life and decisions and how choices we make affect the world. Others [reached out] like David Banner, Pharrell, Busta Rhymes, so many people that cared.
Your bow tie also wound up being a big distraction.
That’s just my swag. People don’t understand how I dress. I don’t try to do what everybody else do. Like the bow tie. The bow tie had its own Twitter page. That was kind of funny. I was laughing. I’m actually following the bow tie now. It says stuff like, “Yeah, man, I’m right under your chin.” [Laughs.] (Thank @Freshalina for the bow-tie movement)