A new investigative journalism report by Billboard reports Chris Brown’s alleged “downward spiraled” explained by former employees and people close to Brown.
Brown, who is currently planning a 33-date tour, is described at one point in the report as the “new Bobby Brown.” Others involved in the story expressed their fears that Brown tends to self-medicate his problems.
The Billboard report begins with a former employee’s account of a “Mondy morning around this time in 2016,” where the employee recounts Brown being upset with a delivery man as he strolled Instagram to look for updates on Karrueche Tran, Brown’s former girlfriend. At the time, Brown’s team told Billboard that he would stay away for three days in a row doing cocaine and “dabbling in” other drugs including molly, Xanax and lean.
“He will cuss you out and say, ‘Hey, man, I’m functioning. I’m going to get the work out.’ And he does,” someone still employed by Brown explained. “But [he’s not] the first functional star who thinks they can handle those powerful drugs. I got to say with all my heart, he’s dancing with death.”
Billboard also revealed that Brown was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder three years ago, according to a probation officer’s report. The report also pointed out that he had engaged in “inappropriate self-medicating,” adding that he also suffered from “untreated PTSD.”
A former female employee of Chris Brown explained that Brown does not hate women. Rather he’s a “very sweet, sensitive guy. But they’re an easy target, and he’s a bully. It’s not just women it’s everyone, and he can get away with it.”
You can read Billboard’s full investigative report, which also includes details on Chris Brown’s felony assault of Rihanna in 2009 and canceled boxing match with Soulja Boy, here.