Nearly three months after Whitney Houston’s death, Bobby Brown is speaking out and addressing those who accused him of causing Whitney’s death.
“It’s just … it’s just unexplainable how one could, you know, [say that I] got her addicted to drugs. I’m not the reason she’s gone,” Bobby recently told NBC’s Matt Lauer in an interview scheduled to air Wednesday and Thursday.
Many Whitney fans blamed Bobby for Whitney’s death, even suggesting that he first introduced the “Greatest Love of All” singer to drugs. Not only did Bobby deny those rumors, he said he was only a casual drug user before he met her.
“I didn’t get high [on narcotics] before I met Whitney,” Bobby said. “I smoked weed. I drank beer, but no. I wasn’t the one that got Whitney on drugs at all.”
On the night Whitney died, Bobby was scheduled to perform with his group, New Edition, and some criticized him for going through with the show and not immediately flying to L.A. to be by his daughter’s side.
Despite what people may think about his relationship with Whitney, Bobby said those who really knew the two, know the truth.
“I think if anyone ever knew us, if anybody ever spent time around us instead of time lookin’ through the bubble, they would know how we felt about each other. They would know how happy we were together,” said Bobby, who is now engaged.
Like many of her associates who saw her in the weeks leading up to that tragic February night, Bobby thought Whitney was on the upswing and seemed to be “in a good place.”
The news that the iconic singer had used drugs the weekend that she died hit Bobby hard.
“I was hurt. I was hurt … because me being off of narcotics for the last seven years, I felt that she was, you know, I didn’t know she was struggling with it still,” he said. “At the same time, you know, listen; it’s a hard fight. It’s a hard fight to maintain sobriety that way.”
Watch a portion of the interview below.
—Tracy L. Scott
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