The embattled R&B star says he's "smartened up" to speculation over his life, including rumors -- which he's denied -- of once again dating Rihanna .
"One thing people often want me to talk about is my public love life. When it comes to my love life, the perception seems as though I am a player. But that's not true," he said. "Love is something I am still learning. It's just an obstacle that I haven't yet mastered. I think that's my biggest hurdle in life."
He also side-stepped questions about his relationship with Drake  following the two men's attachment to a controversial bar fight.
"At the end of the day, I'm me, they're them. They rap, I sing," he said. "Totally different caliber. I rap, I play around on mixtapes. But our words don't collide as much as you'd think."
Brown addressed his Twitter use as well, telling the magazine he's stopped using it to vent.
"I haven't been as mature and thought-out in the past, so, me growing now, it's showing my progression," he said. "Now I mostly use it for marketing and promotions."
However, Brown deleted his Twitter account on Sunday -- no doubt after the XXL interview -- after a messy exchange with comedian Jenny Johnson, with insults tweeted from both sides.
The magazine's December/January issue also includes a second cover and interview with Big Sean , a G.O.O.D. MC who offered a more light-hearted approach to his own recent fame: "We got the potential and opportunities to change the world-and still have fun with it. It's a responsibility that I feel like I'm willing to take," he said.
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