American music website, Billboard has written a blistering article that is practically about the Rise and Fall of American singer Chris Brown.
The piece follows Chris Brown’s growth, his exceptional music and dance skills that almost made him the next Michael Jackson, and how everything started to fall apart after he attacked his then-girlfriend Rihanna on Grammy night.
Breezy, as he is fondly called, was sentenced “to six months of community labour, a year of counseling and five years of probation”. And that was when his troubles started. In 2014, Breezy was diagnosed of bipolar II condition and has also been battling drug addiction.
Last week, his most recent girlfriend, Karrueche Tran obtained a restraining order against him, and in this piece, Billboard has lined up a series of events that are building up to the fall of the singer.
On drug addiction:
“He would stay up for as long as three days in a row, snorting cocaine and dabbling in Xanax, marijuana, Molly and lean.”
On trolling Tran:
“Brown [would scroll] through Instagram, hunting for clues about the status of his ex, the 28-year-old model Karrueche Tran. Whom was she with last night, and where? Who was commenting on her most recent photos?”
On the current state of his career:
“Through the years, Brown has descended from the height of stardom to the lowest circle of fame, becoming better known as a sleazy tabloid obsession than a VIP.”
“…And his career now exists in a kind of purgatory.”
His team members have noted the destructive path the singer’s life has taken:
“He will cuss you out and say, ‘Hey, man, I’m functioning. I’m going to get the work out.’ And he does,” says a current member of Brown’s team. “But [he’s not] the first functional star who thinks they can handle those powerful drugs. I got to say with all my heart, he’s dancing with death.”
His relationship with his mother is not so great:
“Brown’s relationship with his mother has shifted through the years. Hawkins co-managed Brown early in his career, a former member of Brown’s core team says, until her son asked her to step aside, and in November 2013, he threw a rock through her car window following a family session in rehab. “Nowadays, she’s not involved with [Brown’s] business anymore, and she keeps a distance from Chris,” says the former team member, though “when the baby came into play, they became much cooler.” Hawkins now “does everything” with Royalty. Brown — who shares custody of Royalty with Guzman — is “a great Instagram dad,” the source dismissively says.”
On May 10, 2016, Brown beat up his manager Mike Guirguis. Here’s why:
“Brown, according to a close creative collaborator at the time, “was ticked off” because Royalty had underperformed compared with his previous albums. (It’s his poorest-selling solo release, having moved just 366,000 copies in the United States.) “He sets himself up in situations where he can’t lose,” says another former core team member from that time. “Like, ‘I am so angry at myself, and I can beat up on [Guirguis] because I’m surrounded by people whom I pay to protect me. I can be the big man.’ And he can get away with it.”
As though that was not enough, his tour manager quit:
[A] member of Brown’s personal detail recalls Brown screaming at his recently hired tour manager, Nancy Ghosh, threatening to beat her up because she asked his cousin not to smoke marijuana on the managers’ bus. She quit that day, May 23, sending an email, TMZ reported, in which she said that she felt unsafe because Brown had been acting “irrational and high on drugs.” (Ghosh declined to comment.)
Even though Breezy is now romantically linked to model Vanessa Vargas, Chris Brown is still obsessed with Tran:
“He’s always on social media, looking up who Karrueche was with, what she was looking like, what club she was at, who posted to her Instagram.”
Breezy’s team member says:
“You can talk to any drug addict or chemically imbalanced person — it doesn’t just go away,” says a former member of Brown’s inner circle. “It’s something you have to work on. You have to change your lifestyle. And he’s not doing the things he needs to do to get well, so he’s never going to be well. The kid is going to hit rock bottom.”