In a pair of tweets Tuesday, R&B singer Chris Brown implied that he may quit the music business.
In the first tweet, which was later removed, Brown wrote “Don’t worry mainstream America. After this X album, it’ll probably be my last album.”
A subsequent tweet (also removed) elaborated. “Being famous is amazing when it’s for ur music and talent. I’m tired of being famous for a mistake I made when I was 18. I’m cool & over it!”
In 2009, Brown, 24, pled guilty to felony assault for attacking then-girlfriend Rihanna on the night of the Grammy Awards. He was sentenced to community service and five years of supervised probation, in addition to being ordered to stay away from the “We Found Love” singer.
In the years since the assault, the pop stars have maintained ties, collaborating on two songs in 2012. Earlier this year, the pair made headlines again when Rihanna confirmed to Rolling Stone that they were back together. She defended the reconciliation, telling the magazine, “he’s made a mistake, and he’s paid his dues.”
The public has been less willing to forgive Brown, who confirmed in May that he and Rihanna had broken up again. But the singer has still maintained a loyal fanbase, which he often refers to as “Team Breezy,” and he has seen continued success on the charts, where his 2011 album “F.A.M.E.” debuted at No. 1.
Brown has been known to use Twitter to defend his achievements. In an article last year, Post pop music critic Chris Richards examined the dichotomy between Brown’s fans and his critics, whose rivalry famously played out on the social media network as “F.A.M.E.” won Brown a Grammy for Best R&B album.
He’s given numerous apologies for attacking his then-girlfriend but has just as frequently squandered the world’s goodwill on Twitter. In the realm of social media, Brown doesn’t seem haunted by his past so much as annoyed by it. And he’s rallied his fans — who proudly identify themselves as members of “Team Breezy” — into an us-against-them mentality.
“X” is scheduled for release on Aug. 20. The album includes the just-released single “Love More,” a collaboration with Nicki Minaj.
On the track, Brown croons “You say all you need is consistent love / When I try I swear it’s never enough — I messed up / Maybe this thing here just ain’t meant for us.”
And if Brown’s Twitter account is any indication, fans may not want to retire his proverbial jersey just yet.
Just last Friday, Brown tweeted, “Today is the first time since ‘run it’ I’ve been mesmerized and at the same time nervous,” referring to his 2005 single.
Brown, retweeted many times over, continued: “Let’s see if I can bring the old me back. Thank you.”