For the past few years, Chris Brown’s image has been that of a womanizer, misogynist, bad boy jerk. And of course that incident with Rihanna, where he beat her up, bruised her face and failed to really act remorseful about the incident is still looming over him, four years later.
In a recent interview featured in the Guardian , we get a taste of Chris Brown’s past and things sort of start to explain themselves. He talks about “losing his virginity” at age 8, which is obviously rape- but it’s sadly apparent that he doesn’t even realize what’s wrong with the incident- in fact he proclaims that it’s better prepared him for a future of sleeping with a lot of women.
He lost his virginity when he was eight years old, to a local girl who was 14 or 15. Seriously? “Yeah, really. Uh-huh.” He grins and chuckles. “It’s different in the country.” Brown grew up with a great gang of boy cousins, and they watched so much porn that he was raring to go. “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.” (Now 24, he doesn’t want to say how many women he’s slept with: “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.”)
Every single part of that interview response is sadder and sicker than the next. It’s no wonder he appears to be ill-adjusted, violent and acts out. In the interview he talks about his mother often being abused by his step-father and then entering into the music business at the age of 13. I think any psychologist would say he’s probably on par or even done pretty good for a boy who’s had a lost and abusive childhood. I find it disturbing that he speaks to a generation of boys as a celebrity. I really hope his fans and non fans alike can see that being abused at 8 doesn’t make you a “beast” as he called it- or actually maybe it has.. but not in a good way.