Singer Chris Brown leaves District of Columbia Superior Court after pleading guilty on a misdemeanor assault in Washington, Sept. 2, 2014.
Manuel Balce Ceneta—AP
September 5, 2014 12:50 PM EDT

In his first interview since being released from a Los Angeles county jail in June, singer Chris Brown said he has matured thanks to his experience in jail and suggested that he might have been “out of control” in recent years.

“At the end of the day, it’s just a humbling experience,” he told Billboard. “You’re more appreciative of everything else that’s on the outside.”

Brown’s incarceration for an October 2013 parole violation is the latest in a string of incidents that have attracted public attention. Brown notoriously assaulted then-girlfriend Rihanna in an incident that sparked outrage. About his relationship with Rihanna, Brown said people will likely stop talking about it when they have both faded from the limelight.

“As long as you’re doing something good, people will always bring up old stuff or negative stuff because they don’t want you to surpass a certain level or elevate,” he said.

Despite his positivity, Brown has already found himself in trouble since the incident. Two people were shot at a party on Aug. 24 thrown by the singer, and rumors circulated that Brown was the intended target.

“I can say that I am only human and I have made mistakes,” Brown told Billboard in response to the incident. “I can say that I try to live my life in the most true, honest way that I can.”

[Billboard]

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