Bobby Brown’s ‘Today Show’ Interview With Matt Lauer About Whitney Houston

May 2nd, 2012 // 6 Comments
Whitney's Ex-Husband Bobby Brown Speaks On Her Death
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Bobby Brown first learned of his ex-wife Whitney Houston‘s death in February from Ralph Tresvant, one of his New Edition bandmates. “He just pulled me outside and said, you know, I just heard that Whitney had just passed,” Brown told Matt Lauer during their Today Show interview. “I immediately got on the phone and I called my daughter.” Brown said that once he received confirmation that Whitney was indeed gone, he began to cry. “You never expect someone that’s close to you to just die.”

Houston’s ex maintained that the “I Will Always Love You” seemed to be on a clean path before her death, and says he was hurt when he heard an autopsy report showed cocaine was found in her system. “Me being off narcotics for the last seven years… I didn’t know that she was struggling with it still.”

Lauer asked Brown how he responds to the general assumption that Houston’s life went downhill after she met her onetime husband. With a shake of his head, Brown replied, “It makes me feel terrible, but I know differently. I think if anyone ever knew us, if anybody ever spent time around us instead of looking through the bubble, they would know how we felt about each other.”

Brown goes on to say that the 2005 Bravo reality series they both starred in, Being Bobby Brown, was a wake-up call for the two singers, as it displayed how much their drug use had affected their lives.

“I didn’t get high [on narcotics] before I met Whitney,” Brown said to Lauer, refuting claims that he got her hooked on drugs. “I smoked weed. I drank beer. But, no — I wasn’t the one that got Whitney on drugs.”

Houston’s ex added that drugs were a part of Whitney’s life “way before” the two of them met. “I worried about when we first got together until I tried it,” he said. “And when I tried it, for some reason I have an addictive personality. It’s unexplainable. But no, I wasn’t the one that got her addicted to drugs, or I’m not the reason she’s gone.”

As the first part of Matt Lauer’s interview with Bobby Brown wound down (part two airs tomorrow), the singer said that he spent 14 “beautiful” years with Whitney, and claimed that’s part of some kind of “revisionist history,” as Lauer put it.

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  1. Avis

    I totally believe that Bobby did not get Whitney hooked on drugs….She was a grown woman…God Bless her soul

  2. Anne C

    Whitney admitted herself on the Oprah interview that she wasn’t an angel and that she was “from the hood of Newark New Jersey.” Blaming Bobby Brown for Whitney’s addiction is wrong.

  3. Sonia

    At the end of the day Whitney it was Whitney’s choice to do drugs. Miss you RIP.

  4. KH

    I believe people make their own choices when they are grown. No one can make you do anything that you do not want to do. I just think it goes much deeper as to why she continue to do drugs knowingly that the consequences affect your health in the long run. I just think that Bobby should’ve been her anchor instead of her sinker. In any relationship, two people doing the same negative things is doom! But I do truely believe they were in loved. If the both of them would have became drug free, I believe they would have still been together.

  5. MH

    She did not get her hooked on hard drugs but she did not help her get out of it. If he was not indulging along with Whitney, she would have found reason to quit because she loved Bobby. As she said, Bobby was her drug. Maybe when she could have quit Bobby was still using. Two wrongs that could never make a right. True love should not hurt. Theirs did. Bobby should have lifted her up becuase he married a National treasure.

  6. e morris

    bobby brown and whitney were madly in love with each other so what’s the big deal. you’d b surprized at who might’ve introduced whit to drugs in that celebrity arena; could’ ve been Clilve Davis for all we know. Leave Bobby the hell alone! GAme over!

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