Chris Brown

With his album X in stores, Chris Brown sits down with Extra to discuss a variety of topics — including the weight he gained while in prison, which he says impacted him tremendously.

“My normal weight is like 180,” the singer told Extra’s Mario Lopez. “I was 215 when I got out of jail. After that, I was so conscious, I couldn’t even fit my jeans, none of my clothes. I was scared to go out, I was like ‘Man, people gonna see me, I look fat.’ So after a while, I went and played a lot of basketball, a lot of cardio. Then I did the ‘New Flame’ video, we rehearsed for that, the BET Awards, couple other shows. I was just always dancing, always dancing, trying to get my body back in shape.”

Aside from his weight change, Brown also says incarceration taught him more about himself.

“[It was] a humbling experience,” he explains. “It was definitely one of the things I’ll never forget. I think for me, it’s now about what’s the purpose and what’s the goal that Chris Brown as a person and Chris Brown as an artist is trying to portray. And with me, it’s always been positivity, but now it’s more of not just speaking it into existence but actually doing it.

“Nobody’s invincible,” he adds. “No amount of celebrity status…can deter you away from the real if you make a mistake. Nobody is excusable. It was a humbling experience for me to become a man and mature.”