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Chris Brown: 'Fatherhood has made me a better man'

Published 04/12/2015

Chris Brown with daughter Royalty
Chris Brown with daughter Royalty

Chris Brown thinks he is finally learning patience thanks to parenthood.

Chris Brown insists fatherhood has turned his life around and little Royalty has made him a better man.

The R&B star has had a series of legal and personal troubles since he was convicted of beating up then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, serving community labour and even a prison stint, but he claims his daughter has helped him put the past behind him.

"I have a co-parenting job that's pretty amazing but, you know, learning how to be a dad, especially learning how to take care of somebody else," he told Los Angeles radio host Ryan Seacrest on Friday (04Dec15). "I barely know how to brush my teeth in the morning! It's actually great. It's very humbling... It's very calming.

"I think I was a lot (more)... rambunctious, very hyper as a kid but, now seeing that 10 times over, my daughter's kinda, like, mellowing me out."

Brown has even agreed to co-parent his one-year-old daughter with her mother Nia Guzman after months of bitterness between the couple.

"I think, with me, the main thing is probably patience," he added. "With me, I always want stuff done right now - 'Let's get it done, let's get it done!' but, you know, being able to be a father and, you know, seeing my daughter from those gradual stages, from crawling to walking to saying words now, you know, learning different things every day is kinda just teaching me patience."

And Brown admitted he loves spending time with Royalty: "That's the best part of being a dad, doing those little things. Bedtime is crazy for me 'cause I always was like… trying to avoid bedtime when I was a kid, like, 'No, mum, just 15 more minutes, please!'

"So I'll keep like the kids' channel on and turn it all the way low and turn all the lights out, and, you know, I'll lay in the bed with her and, like, rub her back until she actually falls asleep. But some nights, she's not having it. Like, she just is totally energetic."

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