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Chris Brown is covering the new issue of Billboard and coming clean about his troubled past.

The singer opened up about his downward spiral that included a ton of legal issues, arrests, and jail time.

“[I had to feel] like this happened for a reason. There was a purpose. Maybe I was out of control too much. Or I needed something to humble me to the point where I get it,” he said.

“At that point, I didn’t look at it as trying to get out of the situation but learn from it.”

According to Chris, his time in jail was not taken lightly.

“You know, jail isn’t a place of many creative spirits. But as far as my creativity, I put it on hold until I got out. Jail is more of a regimen and a structure. I’m more of a free spirit when it comes to creating music, painting and art,” he explained.

“A guard wakes you up; you eat. You stay in your cell most of the time, basically 24 hours a day. Maybe on Mondays you go to the roof inside of a cage and have a phone call. It’s isolation. You have time to focus on what matters, on what to do and what not to do.”

His recent guilty plea in the Washington D.C. assault case is just the latest development in his long list of legal drama, but Breezy is now more focused on debuting his long-awaited album, X, on September 16.

“I realize that what I do for a living opens my life to public scrutiny and that I have a responsibility to everyone because of that exposure,” he says.

“I can say that I am only human and I have made mistakes. I can say that I try to live my life in the most true, honest way that I can. I am not perfect, no one is.”

According to Chris, none of his critics’ judgements can compare to the pressure he puts on himself.

“No one is harder on me than me. No one can please everyone. No one can live in the past and expect to grow,” he says.

“I have been moving forward and hope that I am not defined by just a few moments in my life but all of the moments that will make up my life.”

Photo: Billboard