Chris Brown embodied talent's trifecta: voice, moves, and looks. His hits like "Run It!" and "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" placed him on the charts and in the hearts of millions. Even though he was only 15-year-old at the time, he was destined to be a star.
However, he suffered a few burnouts along the way. Early 2009 was when Chris Brown's troubles started to form. He had assaulted his former girlfriend, Rihanna, which led to other criminal charges in his later years.
"In 2013, Brown and his bodyguard allegedly fought with an unidentified man outside a Washington, D.C. hotel," according to his biography.
His family, friends, and fans were worried about him. Why was he falling further down the rabbit hole? In 2014, they got their answer.
Chris Brown was diagnosed with a bipolar II disorder, and his violent childhood only worsened his manic depression.
After years of assaults and arrests, the young musician's life took a darker turn. He began heavily using drugs and alcohol to medicate his pain, and his crew was worried.
An unidentified source spoke about Chris Brown's spiral. "He will cuss you out and say, 'Hey, man, I'm functioning. I'm going to get the work out.' And he does. 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," the person says.
He abused stimulants, like cocaine and Molly, and depressants, like Xanax and lean, a codeine-promethazine soft drink, on a regular basis. His unhealthy lifestyle provoked poor outcomes, like blackout fights.
In May of 2016, the artist was uncontrollable. He yelled and screamed at his former tour manager, Nancy Ghosh, because "she asked his cousin not to smoke marijuana on the managers' bus," according to a Billboard article.
Even though Chris Brown was (and still is) in a state of turmoil, his saving grace came in a bundle.
His daughter, Royalty, was born on May 27, 2014. She'll be three-years-old in 2017, but her extravagant party and birthday gifts mean nothing. However, a healthy and recovering father would mean the world.