Bobby Brown sat down to talk about his relationship with Whitney Houston for the first time since her tragic death in an exclusive interview with Matt Lauer for The Today Show, which will air on Wednesday and Thursday (May 2 and 3).
When asked about his role in Whitney’s downfall and confronted with the rumors he introduced the legendary singer to drugs, Bobby confessed it makes him feel terrible, but claimed he is not to blame, saying he “wasn’t the one who got Whitney on drugs at all.”
“It makes me feel terrible. But I know differently.” Adding, “I didn’t get high [on narcotics] before I met Whitney… I smoked weed, I drank the beer, but no, I wasn’t the one that got Whitney on drugs at all…. I’m not the reason she’s gone.”
“I think if anyone ever knew us, if anybody ever spent time around us instead of time lookin’ through the bubble”—which, for a time, included the reality show Being Bobby Brown—”they would know how we felt about each other. They would know how happy we were together.”
“And the reality show gave us a wake-up, because we saw each other in—we looked at the bubble and saw ourselves,” Brown says. “We was able to see what other people were saying about us, you know? We was able to see that our drug use had affected our relationship, had affected the love that we felt for each other.”
Ultimately, Bobby confessed he felt betrayed when he discovered cocaine was found during Whitney’s death investigation because he had seen her a week before she died and believed she was completely clean because she looked “really well” and had a “glow about her.”
“Me being off of narcotics for the last seven years…I felt that she was…I didn’t know she was struggling with it still,” the New Edition singer says. “But at the same time…listen, it’s a hard fight. It’s a hard fight to, you know, maintain sobriety that way.”
This remains true: Bobby loved Whitney, Whitney loved Bobby and they had a very destructive relationship, which was cemented by their love for their daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.
“I can honestly say that I love that woman with…everything that I am,” Brown says. “And I believe she loved me the same way. We wouldn’t have been able to make the most beautiful girl in the world without love. And that’s the truth.”
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