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“But I’m going to do better in the near future,” he said. “I just want to get back to what I do, which is entertainment, and this is the start to me getting back to what I want to do.”

Mr. Brown is engaged to his manager, Alicia Etheridge, with whom he has a young son. He also has older children, including 19-year-old Bobbi Kristina, his only child with Houston.

Mr. Brown said he and Ms. Etheridge are planning a private wedding, and he described his life as content.

“I’m happy right now in my life, I’m comfortable with who I am,” he said. “It’s just better.”

• Compiled from Web and wire reports