After Whitney Houston’s death, her estranged ex-husband, New Edition front man Bobby Brown, was at the forefront of a multitude of backlash.
Now, in his first exclusive interview since her tragic death, Bobby Brown is speaking up on the allegations with TODAY’s Matt Lauer. Bobby admits, “I’m not the reason she’s gone.”
In the highly anticipated interview set to run on Wednesday, Bobby claims that he is “very much clean and sober from narcotics,” and talks about the last time he saw Whitney, his relationship with daughter Bobbi Kristina and the rumors surrounding his tumultuous personal life.
The segment also features interviews from three of Bobby’s children and his fiancée.
According to TODAY, Bobby spoke about the last time he saw his wife of 15 years, saying:
“She had this glow about her that was just, you know, incredible. I’m saying to myself, you know, ‘She must be … she must be doing really well,’ because she looked really well…[she] looked like she was in a good place.”
When asked about Whitney’s cocaine use being the cause of her death, Bobby answered:
“I was hurt. I was hurt … because, you know, 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. But at the same time, you know, listen, it’s a hard fight. It’s a hard fight to, you know, maintain sobriety that way.”
Based on his own feelings and how she appeared when he last saw her, Brown theorizes that that one day of cocaine use — not the effects of longterm use — was enough to kill Houston. “It had to be that one, because that’s all it takes,” Brown said. “One hit, you know … it could definitely take your life away from you. And, unfortunately, that was it.”
Lauer then pressed the 43-year-old R&B star to talk about the backlash their relationship underwent after Whitney’s death, to which he answered:
“If I heard it once, I heard it a hundred times, and I know you heard it too,” Lauer said. “Fans, people who say they were close to Whitney, say her life went downhill when she met Bobby Brown. How does it make you feel when you hear it?”
“It makes me feel terrible,” Brown said. “But you know, I know differently. 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.”
But when asked by Lauer about the popular perception that he is the one responsible for getting Houston hooked on drugs, Brown says those offenses are “not true.”
“I didn’t get high [on narcotics] before I met Whitney,” Brown said. “I smoked weed, I drank the beer, but no, I wasn’t the one that got Whitney on drugs at all.” He says drugs were a part of the singer’s life “way before” they got together.
“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,” Brown said.
The interview is slated to air in two parts this Wednesday and Thursday.
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