Articles like Caroline Bankoff's in New York Magazine claim to have snagged an interview in which so-and-so "opens up." In this situation it's Darren Brown, the former policeman who shot Michael Brown to death.
The contention that someone "opens up" is supposed to be make the coverage clickbait. Probably what is more on the money is an article in which an expert or experts have researched the background and analyzed the behavior of those whom readers want to know more about.
Ours is a hyper-media-savvy era. Even men and women unsophisticated about many other things in life know how to position and package whatever. Everything from the rhetoric to the facial expressions to the body language. Life has become one continuous staging event.
Very few remain naïve about what not to say. And even if they started out that way, if they have been burdened with legal matters, their lawyers wised them up.
Takeaway: Bypass articles headlined that a celebrity or miscreant "opened up."