When Lil Wayne revealed he had lost his virginity at age 11, people were shocked. But, in a new interview with the UK’s The Guardian, Chris Brown reveals that he was even younger the first time he had sex. Brown lost his virginity at age 8.
The Guardian sat down with Brown to offer him a clean slate. The R&B singer will release his new LP X on Nov. 19.
“It’s different in the country,” says Brown of his early forays into sexuality. Brown, who grew up under the influence of his male cousins in a trailer park, lost his virginity to a local 14 or 15 year-old girl. “By that point, we were already kind of like hot to trot, you know what I’m saying?” he says. “Like, girls, we weren’t afraid to talk to them; I wasn’t afraid. So, at eight, being able to do it, it kind of preps you for the long run, so you can be a beast at it. You can be the best at it.”
Brown didn’t reveal how many partners he’s had in his 24 years, but compared himself to legendary guitarist Prince when it comes to pleasure.
“…You know how Prince had a lot of girls back in the day?” he explained. “Prince was, like, the guy. I’m just that, today. But most women won’t have any complaints if they’ve been with me. They can’t really complain. It’s all good.”
Brown also opened up about his inspirations (Ginuwine, Michael Jackson), earliest childhood memories (counting pennies in kindergarten) and “sexist” anger management classes in the interview. He called his assault on Rihanna “probably the biggest wake-up call” for him.
“I had to stop acting like a little teenager, a crazy, wild young guy,” he says. It also taught him “to handle myself in situations, don’t throw tantrums, don’t be a baby about it.”
Brown didn’t reveal too much about the “diverse” X, but mentioned it could be his last album due to illegal downloads and album leaks these days. “[X], creative-wise, is just musically sound, diverse, a lot of different genres attached themselves to the song, like, different fans,” he says. “It doesn’t have to be necessarily a song for one race, it’s mostly for everybody. Just when you take those journeys through the X album, I mean, you start looking at certain songs, you’d be like, ‘Oh, I get that, I can relate to this song’ or, ‘Oh, I like this song. This sounds good.’ With this album I think it can just identify with any age group, with any race, with any culture.”
Read Brown’s full interview with The Guardian here.