Chris Brown covers the latest issue of Billboard magazine, and the 25-year-old R&B bad boy opens up about how jail made him grow up and he even chats about his past with former flame Rihanna.

On his time behind bars:
    You know, jail isnt a place of many creative spirits. But as far as my creativity, I put it on hold until I got out. Jail is more of a regimen and a structure. Im more of a free spirit when it comes to creating music, painting and art. So when I got out, I was very excited to get into the studio. I didnt have any ideas or concepts; they usually come as I go [in to record]. I was drawing and sketching most of the time, biding time.

    My maturity level has risen as far as my realizing whats important. Realizing that Im human like everyone else. At the end of the day, its just a humbling experience. Youre more appreciative of everything else thats on the outside. A burger tastes 1,000 times better when youre out."

When asked if he sees a day when his relationship with Rihanna "wont be brought up at all," he says:
    "When were not relevant anymore, that might be the case. As long as youre doing something good, people will always bring up old stuff or negative stuff because they dont want you to surpass a certain level or elevate. But as long as you have your head on straight, it shouldnt matter what people want to say."

Does he see himself as a role model?
    "[I had to feel] like this happened for a reason. There was a purpose. Maybe I was out of control too much. Or I needed something to humble me to the point where I get it. At that point, I didnt look at it as trying to get out of the situation but learn from it.

    As far as my mistakes in life, thats being a role model, because people can see my mistakes and learn from them. Ive gone through more stuff than most 35- or 40-year-olds, and Ive dealt with it. As far as becoming a man in the public eye, continuing to persevere and stay positive throughout trials and tribulations thats the only thing Id say contributes to my being a role model."

Funny, because he actually DOES sound more mature in this interview. Is it possibly Breezy is actually making some progress?