The Loyal hitmaker, who was released on 2 June after spending 108 days behind bars for violating his probation after he allegedly made threats about using guns while seeking anger-management treatment in rehab, admits it was "a humbling experience" and made him realise he is "human like everyone else".
The 25-year-old star told Billboard magazine: "I'm just more appreciative of the things I'm blessed with and the things I do: music, being able to take care of my family, being able to see my friends and family."
He added: "[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."
The singer, who was sentenced to time already served after pleading guilty to assault in Washington DC earlier this week stemming from an incident last October, says he spent much of his time in jail "drawing, sketching most of the time, biding time".
He added: "I missed my dad and mom, all my cousins...seeing people's faces and smiles...seeing people who were just encouraging and positive."
Chris, who has rekindled his relationship with Karrueche Tran, still considers himself a role model even though he admits he isn't perfect.
He said: "No one is harder on me than me.
"I have been moving forward and hope that I am not defined by just a few moments in my life but all of the moments that will make up my life."
He added: "As far as my mistakes in life, that's being a role model, because people can see my mistakes and learn from them."
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