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Chris Brown Tells His Side of the Rihanna Assault in New Documentary Trailer

He contemplated suicide

Megan Vick


Chris Brown is telling his story of the night in 2009 when he was arrested for assaulting Rihanna on the way to a Grammy party. The embattled singer released the first trailer for his Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life documentary, which includes commentary from Brown, Usher, Jamie Foxx, Rita Ora, Mike Tyson and more.

The first half of the trailer builds up how quickly Brown went from being a high school student to one of the world's biggest pop stars. It centers him and Rihanna as the hip-hop and R&B community's central couple. Then the music cuts and the story shifts focus to Brown's public persona after he was arrested for assaulting his then-girlfriend.

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"I went from being on top of the world, No. 1 songs and being kind of America's sweetheart to being public enemy number one," the singer says in an interview. "This is the first time I get to say anything." Then the trailer cuts to an interview clip of Rihanna - though it's unclear if it was intended for the documentary or from another source--saying, "He made that mistake because he needed help."

Brown then explains the lows he felt in the days following his arrest. "I felt like a f---king monster. I didn't sleep. I barely ate. I was just getting high," he says.

However, the final seconds of the trailer show that the documentary isn't just about Brown telling his side of what happened that night and in the subsequent months. Welcome to My Life is a resurrection effort. "If you ever had a doubt in your mind, 'Chris Brown is done. He's finished,' I wouldn't bet on it," Brown says confidently before a montage of his admittedly impressive stage show plays.

The trailer promises Welcome to My Life is "coming soon," but there is no official release date.