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Chris Brown is opening up about his violent past and how he has grown since a 2009 domestic dispute with girlfriend and singer Rihanna.
Brown, 23, has been promoting his sixth studio album titled "X," which is due for a summer release. The singer-songwriter made headlines after assaulting Rihanna in 2009 and recently spoke about accepting blame for his actions.
"Everybody has a temper, but for me, it was not knowing how to control it when I thought I had the world in my hands," Brown said on Ryan Seacrest KIIS FM radio show.
Although Brown admitted that he was much younger at the time of the incident, he accepted responsibility for assaulting his girlfriend who has since been vocal about forgiving him.
"I could [blame it] on my age, but that would just be making an excuse," Brown told Seacrest. "I think that at age 18, 19, I was capable of writing and producing songs, so I'm also capable of making the right choices."
While overcoming public scrutiny stemming from the incident, Brown said he learned a great deal from the dispute.
"You can lose it all. And I'm not just saying fame or stardom, because that's not what it's about," Brown told Seacrest. "I'm talking about dignity, integrity. You know, you lose yourself in a way ... It was a learning step for me ... I learned from certain mistakes, and I'm getting better as the days come."
Despite having a number of critics, Brown said he is no longer letting other people impact his mood.
"I'm saying, 'You can start a fight, but why," Brown questioned when speaking to MTV. "I came to party."
The singer told MTV that he has grown as a singer and plans to showcase that on his new album "X." Brown said the album, due for an August release, can be interpreted in a number of ways.
"The song and the album title 'X' has a couple different meanings. It can refer to an ex-girlfriend, in terms of you always look forward to moving forward from," Brown told MTV. "It's also about being a reject in a sense. In me being myself, being able to grow up, me not always hanging around the right crowd or doing the right thing all the time- it's me saying, 'I'm over it. I'm past the (expletive) now.'"