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 after video footage of his attack on his now-wife in a hotel elevator emerged, the 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 following a fight outside a hotel in Washington, D.C. The singer was sent to jail in March 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.