Chris Brown is using his turbulent past as a daily reminder to keep moving forward. While it has long been known that visual art is a second passion of the singer’s, now he’s expressing the most damaging moments of his career through his paintings.
It has been nearly a decade since his infamous assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna the night before the 2009 Grammy Awards, and it has been a long road to recovery for the singer since.
Last week, the 28-year-old posted a photo of a mural he’d painted on a wall in his home — a very personal one that he notes is inspiring him to continue to grow. The artistic image reveals his first search warrant and affidavit partially covered by a sketch of Batman. He reflects on his former mistakes, captioning the photo: “Writings on the wall! My first search warrant. 9 years later I’m humble, grateful, inspired, and most of all… I’m a man now…” followed by a heart emoji.
Seemingly, the “Privacy” crooner is now in a better place and has dealt with his past over time. Last year, he released his long-awaited documentary — Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life — in which, for the first time publicly, he gave a detailed account of his perspective of that night as well as other controversies he’s been involved in over the years.
Brown’s latest 45-track album Heartbreak on a Full Moon was released on Oct. 31 and spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.