Chris Brown opened up, a little.
In a sort of weird interview with The Guardian's Decca Aitkenhead, Chris Brown claimed to have lost his virginity at the age of 8. The hip-hop stat also spoke briefly on the "Rihanna incident" and compared himself sexually to Prince.
"Yeah, really. Uh-huh," said Brown when Aikenhead pushed him on his claim, "It's different in the country.By that point, we were already kind of like hot to trot, you know what I'm saying? Like, girls, we weren't afraid to talk to them; I wasn't afraid. So, at eight, being able to do it, it kind of preps you for the long run, so you can be a beast at it. You can be the best at it."
Brown refused to disclose how many women he's slept with, though explained, "But you know how Prince had a lot of girls back in the day? Prince was, like, the guy. I'm just that, today. But most women won't have any complaints if they've been with me. They can't really complain. It's all good."
Aikenhead is known for her revealing interviews, often with controversial individuals, and her editor was presumably looking for something on Rihanna. Brown - who attacked his then-girlfriend on the eve of the Grammys in 2009 - was happy enough to discuss the fallout from the incident, calling it "probably the biggest wake-up call for me," before explaining "I had to stop acting like a little teenager, a crazy, wild young guy."
He maintained that Rihanna was the only woman he had hit, saying, "Cos you can talk with all my girls that I did mess with before, and it's never been a violent history.But at the same time, I learned from it, and it was almost like. I wouldn't say it happened for a reason, but it was something to trigger my mind to be more of a mature adult. To handle myself in situations, don't throw tantrums, don't be a baby about it."
Chris Brown's new album X is out next month.
Chris Brown At The Billboard Music Awards 2013