On Tuesday, November 3, TMZ published a story alleging that Chris Brown is addicted to “sizzurp,” a cough syrup containing the drug codeine, saying that he is so “hooked” to it that he (allegedly) drinks it around his one-year-old daughter, Royalty. Moreover, this is apparently causing worry amongst his friends that he may lose the custody battle over Royalty against his baby mama. The article also went on to compare the situation to Michael Lohan, Lindsay Lohan’s father, who lost custody of his children for a week after testing positive for codeine, as well as Justin Bieber, who recently got taken off probation for community service.

On November 2, the 26-year-old singer and actor had actually given his followers a heads-up about these claims on his Twitter account, saying “Tmz is about to run a bogus story tomorrow becuz they aren’t getting any traffic [sic].”

Once the story came out, the hip hop singer was having none of it. The very same day, Brown first posted an image of a quote to his Instagram account that read, “Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let these things upset you.” Although this post had no caption, over 116,000 fans got the message. They left supportive comments such as, “Don’t let the lies get to you Chris! We know the truth! Keep pushing!” and, “So true! Proud of who you are now!”


Within two hours of posting the aforementioned quote on Instagram, Brown shared another image, this time explaining the meaning of “yellow journalism” to his 17.5 million followers, as “A type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers.” Subtly accusing TMZ of exaggerating news and using “sensationalism,” Brown hit back at the news web site, calling them “unethical.”

His Instagram fans encouraged him to speak up against such media. One user wrote, “This has been as issue since early times. I’m glad you’re acknowledging it so that people will know the difference between this and facts,” while another said, “Who messing with our main man? Team breezy loves you Chris. Die hard fans always got your back! [sic]”

Brown has seen his share of legal trouble, including charges of felony assault and criminal threats against former girlfriend Rihanna. The young celebrity got a plea deal that consisted of community labor, probation of five years, and counseling for domestic violence. Since then, the young celebrity has been involved in felony assault charges (reduced to a misdemeanor) and has been in and out of rehab, getting kicked out on two occasions. At one point, his probation was even revoked. In spite of all this turmoil, Brown has stuck to his passion for music; in fact, his new album, named “Royalty” for his daughter, is expected to be released on November 27, 2015.

Chris Brown, Twitter post, November 2, 2015.
Chris Brown, Instagram post, November 3, 2015.
“Chris Brown,” Wikipedia, last accessed November 4, 2015.

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