Chris Brown Reportedly Struggling with Addiction, Insiders Fear for His Life
Rucuss staffMarch 3, 2017
Chris Brown has had a rough week.
First Brown was slapped with two restraining orders from ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran and her bestie. The two claim that the singer threatened to kill both of them. Now Billboard goes behind the scenes for an in-depth piece, titled “Chris Brown’s Downward Spiral.” The article examines the past three tumultuous years of his personal and professional life.
Billboard talks with current and former associates about Brown’s alleged substance abuse issues, which one even describes as “dancing with death.”
“He will cuss you out and say, ‘Hey, man, I’m functioning. I’m going to get the work out.’ And he does,” the insider explained. “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.”
According to insiders, those “powerful drugs” involve Xanax, lean, and cocaine. These substances, along with the fact that Brown has at least intermittently not taken medication for his bipolar disorder, have impacted his mood. A former member of his security team noted how that has been a point of concern for staff.
“We would ask, ‘What’s the temperature today?’ You didn’t know how he was going to wake up,” said the source. “Were you going to get cool Chris? Or depressed or artsy and focused Chris, who would be very productive? Or the happy-go-lucky Chris, who would just joke around and have fun? It was a different person every day.”
Another person, described as a “close former associate,” echoed those feelings. “Sober Chris is a solid guy with a big heart,” the insider said. “High Chris and Chris coming off drugs is ungrateful, unappreciative and a foul person who most people don’t want to deal with. Good Chris? You’ll fight for him. Unfortunately, the last couple of years, it has been drug Chris. That Chris is not a good dude.”
This is not the first time that Brown has been accused of having anger problems and abusing drugs. Brown’s longtime manager Michael “Mike G” Guirguis quit and sued him for allegedly beating him up in a “(drug-fueled) rage” last year. His longtime publicist Nicole Perna also quit last year, following a heated text message exchange. Brown no longer has a personal representative, security team, or manager.
Brown’s personal life is also highlighted in the piece. One source talks about his stalker behavior 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,” said one source.
His longtime choreographer Flii Stylez believes Brown is plagued by “trust issues,” causing him to distance himself from others, including him.
“He lost Rihanna and Karrueche, two people he loved,” Stylz said. “Right now, he doesn’t trust anybody. I’m probably the one who loves him the most out of everybody who is not his real family, and he won’t even talk to me. I can’t get to him.” Later, Flii added: “My brother is going through a lot. But he’s not crazy. This isn’t why I invested all this time into him. He goes in and out of being angry, but we want to see Chris dancing and singing.”
Although the article is really dark, Brown’s label, RCA, is sticking behind him.
We’re proud to be in business with Chris, a uniquely gifted artist who is always striving to be better,” RCA said. “Through his ups and downs, we will continue to stand behind him.”
Brown is currently working on his album Heartbreak on a Full Moon. It is expected to his stores this summer. Brown will kick off his Party Tour with 50 Cent, Fabolous, O.T. Genasis, and Kap G on March 31.
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