Chris Brown is being told he should stay in rehab for at least three months in order to get to grips with his anger management issues, after his arrest for allegedly breaking a man’s nose, to which he has pleaded not guilty. Is that going to feel like “Forever” for the tempestuous young man, and will it be long enough to sort out his problems once and for all? Chris Brown, 24, famously beat up his beautiful ex-girlfriend, the singer Rihanna, in 2009, and was still on probation for that offence when the latest incident occurred in Washington DC. Brown was released on no bail on Monday, just a day after it was reported that he hit the man, who had asked to have his photograph taken with the hip-hop star. His bodyguard was also arrested at the scene outside a hotel.
Spokespeople for Chris Brown have said today that he is willingly committing himself to rehab in order to “gain focus and insight into his past” and to enable him to “continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point.” This is no doubt a wise decision as he could face up to four years in jail if he is determined to have contradicted the terms of his probation order. The singer arrived at the rehab facility in Malibu, California on Tuesday, where he was checked in by his lawyer, Mark Geragos. His current girlfriend, Karrueche Tran was also with him, and they were seen to tenderly kiss goodbye. She later posted a shot of them together on Instagram with the caption “Always & Forever.”
Some in the music industry are already expressing cynicism that he has chosen this route, given that he has tarnished his reputation so badly. Is it just a play for time, to gain him some much needed brownie points? That may be so, but apparently the rehab staff have been told to take Brown “apart and put him back together again” so if he sticks with the regime, he may actually do himself a great deal of good in there.
His predicted three month stay in rehab will be broken up by a trip back to court on November 20th when he has to appear before an LA judge for a hearing regarding the probation. He will then fly back to DC on November 25th for a hearing on the latest alleged assault. Brown could well be nervous about the DC appearance, given that he gave vent on Twitter to what he called “racist” treatment at the hands of DC lawmakers. Breezy, as he is nicknamed, left no holds barred when he raged against the law machine and told them to “Promote helping people that are really (messed) up in your city!” Then “Family first! The LAW…last” It is unlikely that the District Attorney took kindly to this advice.
He may not be so fussed about the LA hearing where the DA, Jackie Lacey, is a black lady.
However, so is the gorgeous Rihanna, and he did not show her a lot of respect.
Chris Brown being in rehab for up to three months might either quell or encourage his artistic expressions that have included him painting the walls of his home in Hollywood with graffiti monsters, and then doing the same to his Porsche Panamera. Maybe he will decorate the corridors of the rehab unit for them? So far he is putting a brave face on his new home-from-home, tweeting yesterday “In order to go where u have never gone u have to be willing to go where u never been!!!” He makes to boldy go into rehab sound like an adventure, and hopefully it will be one that finally sorts him out.
With Karrueche sticking by him, and teams of professional counselors to help overcome his anger, Chris Brown could well emerge from three months in rehab a reformed character. He would do well to dwell on the words of his current partner, as she told Rolling Stone magazine in January: “Regardless of what you’re put through or what is going on in your life, keep a positive spirit. That will help you get through.”
Written by: Kate Henderson