*R&B singer Mario has been through a lot lately, void of privacy of course. He was arrested not too long ago for allegedly assaulting his drug-addicted mother. The charges brought up against him were dropped, however, after she retracted her statement. In the midst of his trials and tribulations, Mario is still keeping his eye on the ball.

“My head, personally outside of music, is [focused on] getting to a place where I can continue to grow as the best man possible,” Mario tells Vibe. “Because one day-f**k the music, f**k the blogs- I’m going to be a father and I don’t want the things that I go through in this industry to affect my family.”

Despite his mother calling the cops on him, he says he will continue being a good son and support his mother regardless.

“I care about my mother’s health more than anything and her getting back on her feet,” he says. “It really doesn’t matter what happened to me. And she’ll tell you herself that I’ve always been there for her and will continue to be there for her.”

In response to his life’s situations, he is gearing up to release a new album. It’s in the music he finds refuge.

“I wanna give as much honesty as I can. I want to be honest, but grab the attention of everybody, but still compete so when you hear it on the radio it’s pushing the envelope,” Mario says. “The melodies coming out of me now are unorthodox- melodies I’ve never expressed before. Hopefully when I finally play it for my label, J Records, who’ve I always had a battle with… what they wanted, what I wanted… how they see me, how I see me… [they like it.]”

There is more to the story. Read the full interview here.