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Chris Brown has had enough of being the bad guy.
In 2009 the hip-hop star was charged with physically abusing his then-girlfriend Rihanna -- and ever since, Brown, 21, has been living under the long shadow of his actions. But in an interview with Page Six Magazine (appearing in Thursday's New York Post), Brown insists he's ready for everybody to just move on already.
"People are always gonna talk. But I'm in a positive place," Brown says. "I consider myself a grown-ass man. At the end of the day, if I walk around apologizing to everybody, I'm gonna look like a damn fool."
Brown has taken domestic abuse classes, and last year he completed 180 hours of court-mandated hard labor. Going forward, he's determined to let go of his anger. "The way I look at it is, you can't walk around mad," he says. "Because then you just prove everybody right that you're an angry person."
But if there's one thing Brown's not mad about, it's the fact that his career hasn't taken the same hit as his reputation. His single "Deuces" was number one on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for ten weeks last year. His new album (out on March 22) is called F.A.M.E., and Brown says it stands for two things: "Forgiving All My Enemies" and "Fans Are My Everything."