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Oh Flynn Rider, how we love thee. This thief-turned-prince stole our hearts (get it, because he was a thief), and Rapunzel’s heart as well with his dashing good looks and heart of gold. While we tend to get distracted by his smoulder or excellent singing voice, we have always noticed his dapper style. It’s a little rugged, but he executes some seriously good style executions like layers and tucking pants into boots. Also, not many men can pull off a satchel, but of course, Flynn does it with ease. So in conclusion, we salute your #menswear success Flynn. Keep up the good work.
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Who is your all time favorite Disney prince? And who is your all time favorite Disney princess? Who do you think had the best style?
She was left devastated after missing out on a role in a hit New York City-based drama, which went on to feature Blake Lively, Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick.
However in hindsight Lily Collins has admitted that it was probably for the best as it would have meant being 'signed away for six years'.
In an exclusive interview with the October issue of Marie Claire, the 25-year-old actress commented:'I tested for Gossip Girl. I wanted to be in it so badly, I thought at the time it was the end of the world.
'But now I think, 'well I would have got pigeon-holed, have had to move to New York, leave high school and be signed away for six years. I wouldn't have done the films I've done, and everything would have been so different.'
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Hanging with my original posse - Laura Lynne, Jansen & Cortney! 👙 Girls weekend in Vegas! 👯 pic.twitter.com/YMBiit5d1N— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) September 5, 2014
Not even the leg toss could save her! Aviva Drescher has been fired from The Real Housewives of New York City after two seasons on the show, a source confirms to Us Weekly.
Drescher, 45, an author, amputee and married mother of four, will be best remembered for her leg-throwing incident at Manhattan restaurant Le Cirque in the season six finale of RHONY, which aired in July. The surprising confrontation occurred when Drescher's six castmates accused her of lying and faking her illnesses to beg out of several cast trips to Montana, Saratoga Springs, NY, and elsewhere.
"The only thing fake about me," Drescher hissed as she yanked off her prosthetic leg, "is this!" After slamming the prosthesis on the table, Drescher then threw it across the room as partygoers gasped and laughed in shock.
In an interview with Us the day after the episode aired, Drescher said: "I think me getting angry and throwing my leg on the table was really funny and crazy. I get a hoot out of it. But of course, I was definitely brought to the end of my rope, or the end of my leg so to speak."
Earlier in the season, Drescher came to near-blows with costar Carole Radziwill in an ongoing feud — known as "bookgate" about the authorship of their respective books; The Vassar grad's randy father, 76-year-old George Teichner, also made waves when he married girlfriend Dana, who is over 50 years his junior.
The seasons 5 and 6 Housewife is the first confirmed cast member of Bravo's Manhattan franchise to be booted off the show. Still remaining are Ramona Singer (RHONY's longest-standing cast member), Sonja Morgan, Kristen Taekman, Heather Thomson, and Carole Radziwill.
Countess LuAnn de Lesseps was a main cast member from seasons 1 through 5, but returned only as a recurring storyline in the sixth season.
Page Six mentioned Drescher's departure in a longer item about supermodel Helena Christensen, who was invited but declined to join the season 7 cast of RHONY. Us can also confirm that Christensen had been in the running.
this bitch doesn't have a leg to stand on without housewives. she's thrown in the leg. i'll miss your sense of style & your crazy, delusional psychopathic behaviour avivs. get rid of kristen & carole next!
"The Grand Sausage Pizza" is the name of the fictional porn film created by YouTube comedy channel Nacho Punch in the style of Wes Anderson. That means the affectless voice-over, the dorky mustached hero, the clever title cards and other identifying features of the Anderson oeuvre.
lol the ending
Do you still have a Coupling-shaped hole in your life? Do you wish It’s Always Sunny gave you a few more feeling-type emotions? Do you love awful humans and root for them to fall in love? Then you should be watching You’re the Worst. Because it’s the best.
With two episodes left this season, and last night’s episode particularly excellent, you have the perfect amount of time to binge watch over the weekend and catch up. Here’s why.
6. Sexy sex and lots of doing it.
They do a lot of sex, guys. Downtownsies on boys, downtownsies on girls, aborted attempts at threesomes, it has everything. And everyone on the show has a healthy enjoyment of and relationship with sex. It’s sad that this is relatively revolutionary.
4. Aya Cash is human perfection.
As Gretchen, Aya Cash is perfection. She’s snarky and she’s mean and she’s strong and weak and flawed and amazing. She’s selfish and self-aware and self-possessed and she cares. She hates how much she cares, she hides how much she cares, but she does. She nails it. Aya Cash should be and if there is a God she will be a massive star.
1. Against all logic, you really root for Gretchen and Jimmy.
This show could have been a horrible exercise in the cliche-est of cliches—the two commitmentphobes desperately trying to avoid commitment as they sink deeper into it. And, while technically that is exactly what is happening, the show is subverting its own premise and completely demolishing the pathetic attempts that have come before it. You care about these two messes. You want them to be together. You should not, but you do. It’s hard to create characters who are mean, cruel, the worst, and make you care about them. But Stephen Falk? Sir, you have done it. Congratulations.
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Someone has spat saliva in your vagina/anus, ONTD?
Chris Evans talks about what he learned as first-time director on the indie film “Before We Go” at the Variety Studio in Toronto.
let the thirst begin
When it was first suggested that the theatrical release of the unique, twin-experience of “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and Her” might require a distillation of two complementing films into a more traditional single narrative release, Jessica Chastain was less than pleased.
It's hard not to sympathize, given the project's long genesis. It began with a script from her friend, writer/director Ned Benson, about a couple that falls apart after tragic circumstances surrounding their young child. It was largely written from the husband's point of view, but Chastain couldn't help but wonder more about Eleanor Rigby, the Beatles-inspired titular character who, well, disappears early on in the movie. Where did she go, and why?
“I don't mind if the character is a small character, but I would just like her to have a journey in the film,” Chastain says, speaking generally about the roles she is now offered. “Sometimes the characters are just there as a prop to further the man's story. The great directors I've talked to, I've said listen, I don't mind playing a woman that is a tiny part, but how does the story affect her? What can I play in the end that's different from the beginning? Otherwise, it doesn't make sense, because it's just like being a prop.”
She posed these questions to Benson, who obliged her with not just answers, but a whole new script, from Eleanor's point of view. Suddenly, thanks to Chastain's suggestion, they had two whole films that told the same story from different angles, with the attendant shifts in truth that accompanies each individual version of the truth.
And so, Weinstein will put “Him” and “Her” in limited release on October 10. Chastain was especially excited about that date.
ONTD, do you agree with Jessica about her comments on women and the film industry?
Irish actor Emmett Scanlan (In the Flesh, The Fall, Guardians of the Galaxy) will play Corrigan, and will appear on Constantine as a recurring guest star.
On Constantine, Corrigan will be a homicide detective in New Orleans who is plunged into Constantine's world of occult horrors. Furthermore, Corrigan is someone who is obsessed with justice, and who doesn't let police procedure or red tape stop him from putting away the bad guys, even if the bad guys turn out to be inhuman.
This is really just an excuse to point out how much I love In the Flesh. But also how Emmett Scanlan has been popping up everywhere. Guardians of the Galaxy... The Fall... get it.
Leave it to Joan Rivers to go out in style! The comedienne’s loved ones are ensuring that one of her biggest wishes for when she passed away would come true: a red carpet at her funeral.
“When I die (and yes, Melissa, that day will come; and yes, Melissa, everything’s in your name,) I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action,” Rivers, who passed away at age 81 a week after she stopped breathing during vocal chord surgery, wrote in her book I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me.
A source tells Us Weekly that a “lot of celebrities confirmed” that they will attend the service to be held this Sunday at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan. The magazine also reports that only select mourners will be permitted to walk the carpet, which will then be buried with Rivers’ body.
While the red carpet and celebrity attendance at the Fashion Police star’s funeral is guaranteed, whether or not Rivers’ hilarious other requests will become reality remains to be seen. “I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way. I don’t want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents,” Rivers wrote in her 2012 book.
“I don’t want a eulogy; I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing ‘Mr. Lonely.’ I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag. And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyonce‘s.”
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump and her husband Ken Todd are self-made restauranteurs, but maybe the Brits need a refresher on how the service industry works in the U.S. According to a source, Vanderpump and Todd left a paltry $5 tip on a $500 bill during a recent Beverly Hills meal — and were hardly model customers, to boot!
Vanderpump and Todd were spotted recently at Bar On 4, located inside of Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills, the source told RadarOnline.com exclusively. “They ordered a ton of food and drinks and stayed for several hours,” said the insider. But when it came time to settle up, “They left $5 cash on a $500 bill!” As if that wasn’t bad enough, Vanderpump, who has owned 26 restaurants worldwide, had no manners while she was there, the source claimed.
“She comes into Bar on 4 quite often,” the source said. “She is always loud, and doesn’t treat any of the staff with respect.” Employees of her own restaurant, Villa Blanca, have raised similar claims of a difficult working environment: As Radar has reported, former employee Karina Bustillo just won $100,000 in punitive damages stemming from a sexual harassment lawsuit brought against former manager Michael Govia. And in 2012, Vanderpump and Todd were sued by former dishwasher Ricardo Velasco over “discrimination” and “wrongful termination” claims. Velasco was awarded a lump sum of $75,000.
In the wake of those legal troubles, Vanderpump is selling flagship restaurant Villa Blanca. “She is the most obnoxious woman ever and gets what she gives,” the source told Radar. A rep for the couple insisted, “As owners of 26 dining and nightlife establishments over the decades, Ken and Lisa have always been very cognoscente of a generous tipping.”
Bruce Springsteen will make his acting debut on the next season of Netflix's original series Lilyhammer. The show, which is headed into its third season, stars Springsteen's E Street Band guitarist and mandolin player Steven Van Zandt as a former mobster relocated to Norway by the Federal Witness Protection Program after testifying against his mafia cohorts.
Bruce Springsteen to Release Children's Book Based on a Mid-Century Cowboy
Springsteen will join the show for a guest appearance as a mortuary owner, reports Deadline Hollywood. As well, Van Zandt’s Sopranos co-star Tony Sirico is said to be joining on with a recurring role as a priest.
This mark's Springsteen's true acting debut. (Though he appeared in High Fidelity, he played himself. And this recent 10-minute short film music video doesn't really count either.)
The losses keep mounting for CeeLo Green in the wake of his shameful comments about rape. On Friday (Sept. 5), the singer was dropped from a United States Navy-sponsored concert planned for Sept. 20 in Washington, D.C.
"Unfortunately, one of the performers we signed for the JBAB Freedom Live show on 20 September recently posted comments on social media that we consider to completely inconsistent with Navy core values," Freedom LIVE posted on its official Facebook page. "Regardless of intent or context, the lack of sensitivity towards an issue that is one of the great challenges facing our Navy is unacceptable."
Those who have already purchased tickets will be able to receive a full refund if they so choose. Little Big Town is still scheduled to play the event, along with a forthcoming replacement for Green, promised via the Facebook statement.
On Aug. 31 over a series of since-deleted tweets, Green implied that a woman has to remember being raped in order for rape to actually occur. "If someone is passed out they're not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent," he wrote, referencing the felony charges he faces over furnishing ecstasy to a woman during a 2012 dinner in Los Angeles. To those charges, Green pleaded no contest.
Since then, his television series The Good Life was canceled by TBS, though the network insists it was pulled due to poor ratings.
On Sept. 2, Green attempted to apologize for the tweets: "I truly and deeply apologize for the comments attributed to me on Twitter," he wrote. "Those comments were idiotic, untrue and not what I believe."
Can CeeLo's career still be saved? The Sept. 13 issue of Billboard has some thoughts. (posted below)
How CeeLo Green’s Career Can Be Saved
How accusations of rape, a yanked reality show and a deplorable series of (since deleted) tweets stand to derail a once vibrant future for the artist and former 'Voice' coach.
On Sept. 2, hours after Cee Lo Green pleaded no contest to a 2012 case alleging that he secretly slipped Ecstasy into a woman’s drink, the singer took to Twitter to blow off some steam. Among the topics he decided to tackle with virtual strangers: his definition of consensual sex. “People who have been raped REMEMBER!! If someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you! The WITH implies consent,” he wrote in a string of tweets that has since been deleted. (Green, 40, also deactivated his Twitter account, but restored it the next day minus the offending tweets.) He then compared the sexual assault crime to a home invasion. “When someone brakes [sic] on your home there is broken glass where is your plausible proof that anyone was raped.”
It was a surprisingly self-immolating moment for a 20-year industry veteran whose soft image -- draping himself in velvet, petting a fluffy white cat while seated in his coach’s chair on NBC’s The Voice, serenading the girl who jilted him with the Grammy-winning viral single “F--- You/Forget You” -- took him from singer/rapper for Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley to bankable TV star, earning an estimated $20 million in 2011, according to The New York Times. But in the last year, following his exit from The Voice after four seasons (chemistry with the other coaches and likeability were the issues, suggests an insider of the network’s view; indeed, Green’s most recent Q score was 9, while the other judges’ are 6.2 points higher on average) and mixed reviews for the Las Vegas run of his musical Loberace, it seems the entertainment industry -- and TV in particular -- isn’t taking a wait-and-see stance; it’s seen and it’s out. Not even a reality show that could potentially air the drama seems a possible path to absolution, as TBS’ The Good Life, featuring the reunited Goodie Mob, has already been canceled. (Sources say it was yanked due to bad ratings; it drew a disappointing 403,000 viewers on average, according to Nielsen).
But while contemporaries of Green’s, including T.I. and Chris Brown, have successfully weathered jail stints and major public blemishes, why the harsher sentence for this singer? “It doesn’t seem there’s that much goodwill out there, because his comments were so wildly inappropriate,” says a media insider, noting that Green’s half-hearted apology statements aren’t enough. “Cee Lo needs to demonstrate remorse.” UltraViolet, the women’s-rights activist group behind the petition to cancel The Good Life, suggested Green donate to an organization that helps rape survivors. Or six months of silence could also do the trick, the source adds.
To that end, the music industry isn’t the worst place to hide out, and has been known to be more forgiving. Green in particular has two decades of critical acclaim to lean on, from his first appearance on Outkast’s 1994 breakout, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, to his place alongside Danger Mouse as Gnarls Barkley (their ubiquitous single “Crazy” reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and made U.K. chart history after hitting No. 1 from digital sales alone) and his 2010 solo album, The Lady Killer, which has sold 518,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Green hasn’t had a single on the Hot 100 since “F--- You” in 2011, and his next album isn’t due until 2015. (An Atlantic Records rep says a solo single could be out by year’s end; Green’s personal rep did not respond to requests for comment.) But that may be an advantage when it comes to winning back an audience. Offers veteran publicist Michael Pagnotta, who has represented Morrissey and the Olsen twins: “Cee Lo is a brilliant songwriter and performer. He needs to not get caught up in the back and forth, stay focused on music, plan his next project and deal with the questions as they come.”
Billboard's been on this topic like white on rice, so if you want to read Ceelo's Half-Hearted Apology On Facebook, you can.
Best-selling female artist of all time and recently ranked by Time Magazine the best pop star of all time, MARIAH CAREY has been silent about her ongoing separation from TV personality Nick Cannon but is active as ever on social media sharing pictures of her serving fresh, cute, age-appropriate looks and spending quality #moments with dem babies.
I did my own make up .. eyeliner looks a mess gotta get those 500 more hours!!! Lol
Can't let go!( of the summertime !)
She dropped Jermaine Dupri and changed record labels, and I heard she's re-releasing the album and starting the whole era over. Or maybe she's recording a new album altogether? Give me that post-breakup weight loss and smash album sis#JusticeForMCSummer2012
Well, we guess it’s official. After much speculation, Eiza González finally revealed she’s dating her From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series costar D.J. Cotrona with an intense “te amo mi amor” on social media.
The Mexican actress has made several posts about her and actor DJ with the latest saying how much she loves him. She captioned the pic, "On Labor Day we hang out with handsome fellas @DJCotrona #beach #nomakeup #nofilter #LAsun."
She posted the same picture as the Man Crush Monday day, only with a different caption.
"This guy has been with me in the best and worst, and has helped me go through everything with a huge smile on my face. Thank God for bringing you into my life! I couldn't be more lucky to have such a beautiful inside out person as my life partner! Te amo mi amor! ❤️ @cotrona23.
If that doesn’t say love, we don’t know what does. We traced back the romance rumors to March, and put together a chronicle of their love, as told by their social media posts.
On March 8, 2014, D.J. posted the first picture with Eiza and his other costar, Wilmer Valderrama. He captioned it "Is it taking a 'self portrait' with @wilmervalderrama and @eizagonzalez give me latino cred?? #winning." Back then, the picture just looked very friendly, just having fun with their other castmates.
March 13, as the "From Dusk Till Dawn" promotion continued, they started to look cozier together. Just check out how D.J. grabs Eiza as if he were saying she's my woman.
March 21. Eiza posts this picture with Wilmer and D.J. Again, having Wilmer in the picture made it look very innocent and friendly. Eiza captioned the shot: "Back home!!! Aprovechando que es viernes #FF @cotrona23 @wilmervalderrama for the handsome fellows who did an amazing job the season so proud of you and everyone."
But then the first real hint came on March 31. Eiza posted a picture of D.J. as her "man crush monday" and encouraging everyone to follow him on Instagram. "In honor to #MCM my awesome cast mate is on #IG now aka "Seth Gecko" finally convinced him show him some love! Sigan a mi compañero por fin lo convencimos de entrar a insta @cotrona23 @duskelrey," she captioned it.
After the Man Crush Monday post, both Eiza and D.J. tried to divert the attention posting other pictures, Eiza mostly of herself, and D.J. mostly of the show, until June 27. Yet again, in another red carpet appearance, you can see how D.J. grabs Eiza by her waist, while their other costar stays a little behind them. D.J. captioned the pic, "Good times. Stolen pic. @zanerayholtz @eizagonzalez @rodriguez @elreynetwork."
Then, two months later on August 27, Eiza posted this picture on Twitter, which we assume are flowers D.J. gave to her. Otherwise, why wouldn't she reveal who gave them to her? Ah, the mystery!
Finally, after Labor Day Weekend, Eiza couldn't hold it in anymore and she revealed her love for her costar, D.J., which we assume is very well reciprocated. She posted the same picture as the Man Crush Monday day, only with a different caption. "This guy has been with me in the best and worst, and has helped me go through everything with a huge smile on my face. Thank God for bringing you into my life! I couldn't be more lucky to have such a beautiful inside out person as my life partner! Te amo mi amor! ❤️ @cotrona23.
Mary J Blige gave us all a wonderful surprise earlier this year when she hopped on a remix of Disclosure‘s “F For You” out of nowhere. The legendary R&B diva evidently had fun working with the duo, because she went right back in the studio with them to craft some cuts for her upcoming record The London Sessions.
The forthcoming LP, which was recorded alongside Naughty Boy, Jimmy Napes, Rodney Jerkins and Sam Smith, is essentially Mary’s own love letter to the London music scene, which is currently swimming in early ’90′s-inspired House pulsations and soulful powerhouse vocals.
“Right Now” is the first taste of the songstress’ thirteenth studio album and, from the sound of it, she’s giving us the perfect fusion of R&B and House we were hoping for: The track plays like a seamless fusion between the two acts, as Mary melodically coos above Disclosure’s signature shuffling beats and dramatic strings.
“No, I won’t play this game!” she declares on the empowering throbber. Listen to “Right Now” after the jump.
omg it's amazing
Billboard Cover: Chris Brown Opens Up About Rihanna, Jail & Accepting Life as a 'Learning Experience'
On Aug. 13, a high spirited Chris Brown gave Billboard his first formal interview since leaving jail in June. Kicked back in front of a control board at Hollywood’s hot Chalice Recording Studios, a vintage-gear-stuffed space favored by young artists, the 25-year-old was taking a late-afternoon break from putting the finishing touches on his sixth studio album, X. But like much of his recent life, the day featured a major distraction from the music: Hours earlier, the singer, who lives in Los Angeles, had to appear in a courtroom to get a (positive) progress report on sticking to his probation.
That five-year probation stems from Brown’s 2009 conviction for assaulting ex-girlfriend Rihanna, an attack that remains notorious despite his public apologies, trips to rehab for anger management and diagnoses with both bipolar and post-traumatic stress disorders. Brown’s sometimes belligerent attitude and other tangles with the law haven’t helped. The 108 days he spent in a Los Angeles county jail this year were for violating parole after assaulting a stranger outside a Washington, D.C., hotel in October 2013. (Brown, who pled guilty to that charge on Sept. 2 and was sentenced to time served, punched the victim after the man tried to get into a photo with him.) He also has allegedly brawled with Drake and Frank Ocean.
Trouble has found him, too. On Aug. 24 — less than two weeks after Billboard’s interview — hip-hop mogul Suge Knight and two others were shot at Brown’s pre-MTV Video Music Awards party at Hollywood’s 1OAK. Unsubstantiated rumors spread that Brown was the actual target, and TMZ reported that he was “throwing gang signs” before the shooting. On Sept. 4, Brown provided this exclusive statement to Billboard regarding the events of the last few months:
“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. 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. No one is harder on me than me. No one can please everyone. No one can live in the past and expect to grow. 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.”
Amid all of this “mayhem and hoopla,” as he himself calls it, Brown’s commercial clout remains massive. His most recent hit, “Loyal,” peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and generated 1.1 million of his 41.3 million total downloads as a lead artist, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Grammy-winning singer has scored 13 top 10 Hot 100 hits, including two No. 1s; 30 top 10s and four No. 1s on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart; and two No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200. All told, Brown has sold 6.1 million albums.
Brown also boasts one of music’s most dedicated — and sometimes aggressive — online constituencies. “Team Breezy” numbers 38 million on Facebook, 13.6 million on Twitter and 4.7 million on Instagram. Women account for the majority of these fans: Brown’s manager Mike G estimates the artist’s base skews 65 percent female. (Many of them are teens, too: 21 percent of the overall visitors to his Facebook page are between 13 and 17.)
Brown is undoubtedly one of the most controversial stars in music. But during this conversation he was gracious and engaging, if a bit circumspect. As he tinkered with the final mix and sequencing for X, which RCA will release Sept. 16, he sang, bobbed his head and tossed out instructions (“Let’s tone that down so it’s not too dominant”) to his engineer. In this Q&A, Brown discusses life behind bars, his growth as a person and whether society is ready to let him be considered a role model.
Did you spend time writing while you were in jail?
No. 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. So when I got out, I was very excited to get into the studio. I didn’t have any ideas or concepts; they usually come as I go [in to record]. I was drawing and sketching most of the time, biding time.
What was the daily routine like?
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.
What lessons did you learn from the experience?
My maturity level has risen as far as my realizing what’s important. Realizing that I’m human like everyone else. At the end of the day, it’s just a humbling experience. You’re more appreciative of everything else that’s on the outside. A burger tastes 1,000 times better when you’re out (Laughs.) I’m just more appreciative of the things I’m blessed with and the things I do: music, being able to take care of my family, being able to see my friends and family. And do what I love and still be able to do it in a timely fashion to where people don’t think, “Oh well, he fell off.” Still being able to be consistent.
What did you miss the most?
I just missed my family. At the end of the day, music is definitely a passion. But when you’re dealing with your own personal issues, family is first. I just dealt with that. I missed my dad and mom, all my cousins ... seeing people’s faces and smiles ... seeing people who were just encouraging and positive.
How did you keep yourself motivated?
[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. At that point, I didn’t look at it as trying to get out of the situation but learn from it.
How have you been able to maintain such a loyal fan base?
First, I’d say God. Honestly. My faith in knowing what my purpose is and how I’m trying to find out what my purpose is. My fan base speaks volumes [to that]. I never want to say that I know everything or I know what the best song or a hit is. I just put it out there for people to like and love. I make music for myself personally, but I also try to do music that people can relate to, have fun with; evoke as much emotion as possible from my audience and peers. It’s God and just consistency with my talent. Being able to persevere if I get knocked down and always get back up. A lot of times, you can get convoluted and confused with all the mayhem and hoopla that’s going on. I just try to stay grounded; keep my family first. And always focus on what my purpose is: putting out great music. I don’t really focus on any extras or stories in the tabloids. It’s nonsense.
You’ve moved forward, and Rihanna says she also has moved -forward. Do you see a day when your relationship won’t be brought up at all?
When we’re not relevant anymore, that might be the case. As long as you’re doing something good, people will always bring up old stuff or negative stuff because they don’t want you to surpass a certain level or elevate. But as long as you have your head on straight, it shouldn’t matter what people want to say.
Explain what it’s like to live in the public eye.
I just have to realize it comes with the territory in this day and age of social media. My age group and younger stay on the phone and Internet. It’s easy access. So I just like to focus on what I’m doing instead of getting caught up. Everybody gets caught up watching Instagram or whatever; they have jokes and all kinds of things. I can still engage in it but not participate in the negative side. Not everyone in the world is going to particularly love me. But I’m cool with that. As long as I love myself and my music, I’m fine. People are going to say what they want to say. I don’t look over my shoulder or wish I could turn back the hands of time. Life is a learning experience, so I’m learning as I go. I’m not walking around angry about anything. So you just have to let it be.
Do you consider yourself a role model?
As far as my mistakes in life, that’s being a role model, because people can see my mistakes and learn from them. I’ve gone through more stuff than most 35- or 40-year-olds, and I’ve dealt with it. As far as becoming a man in the public eye, continuing to persevere and stay positive throughout trials and tribulations … that’s the only thing I’d say contributes to my being a role model. If kids look up to me, that’s amazing; great. As far as me as an artist and a person, I always want to exude positivity. But as far as saying, “Hey, I’m a role model, I’m the best of this,” I take the humble approach and let people make that decision for themselves.
How would you define redemption?
Being able to learn from mistakes and inspiring people to learn from yours. Redemption is being able to be completely humble and love yourself. Know that you’re human and understand that life has its ups and downs, but God always balances it out.
If you couldn’t make music or dance, what would you do instead?
I would be somewhere in the industry, but not necessarily around music. It would be more like fashion design, or I’d probably be a painter or street artist. I’m eclectic, with different styles of creativity. But painting is one of my biggest passions. I just started getting back into it since I’ve been so focused on music. It’s not like, “OK, I’ve got to do an art show so people buy my paintings.”
Do you feel positive about the outcome of the Washington, D.C., assault hearing?
I just feel positive about life in general. Whatever happens will happen, and God has me. I’m going to keep my faith and be focused on my family, friends, fans and music. And from there just be the best Chris Brown I can be.
While I am still uninterested in his music/supporting him financially, I do hope that he's making personal progress and will ultimately mature and accept responsibility for his actions-- not just with Rihanna, but since then.
Do you think Chris Brown is on the path to change, ONTD?