Bobby Brown on Whitney: “our drug use had affected the love we felt for each other”

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The first part of Bobby Brown’s interview with Matt Lauer aired on The Today Show this morning. We had some advance details yesterday, when we heard that Bobby denied being the one who got Whitney hooked on drugs. He told Lauer that Whitney was doing narcotics before he met her, and that he had only done pot and booze before they got together.

Bobby said a lot of really nice things about how much he loved Whitney and cherished their time together. He didn’t seem that emotional about her, though. He was somewhat detached when it came to describing how he learned about her death. Bobby came across as very pragmatic about Whitney, and I guess I expected him to at least get choked up about her. When you lose someone and are describing how you found out they died you usually remember how you felt at the time and start to get teary about it. He did say that he cried at the time. Maybe he’s just very guarded about his feelings. Here’s more:

Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston may no longer have been a couple when she died in February, but as he told TODAY’s Matt Lauer in an interview that aired Wednesday morning — his first interview since her death — he still misses her fiercely.

“Our relationship was great,” he said. “I had 14 beautiful, beautiful years with that woman.” And it’s not just his revisionist history, he insisted: “I can honestly say that — I loved that woman with — with everything that I am. And I believe she loved me the same way.”

Still, Whitney and Bobby’s relationship was, almost from the start, filled with conflict of one kind or the other. Brown says he never used hard drugs before meeting Houston, and said that she had used drugs before they were involved. “I worried about it when … we first got together until I tried it,” he said. “And when I tried it, for some reason, I have an addictive personality.”

He does have some regrets, wondering to Lauer whether “I coulda done something different, you know to — ensure that she had a longer life. But … you have to want it, you know?”

The 2005 single-season reality show “Being Bobby Brown,” which put an uncomfortable spotlight on their relationship and showed Houston’s temper flaring, he says, was a “wake-up, because we were able to see what others were saying about us …. (to) see that our drug use had affected our relationship, had affected the love we felt for each other.”

But Houston declined to appear on a second season of the show, and the pair separated in 2006; they divorced the following year. Still, said Brown — who told Lauer he would be getting remarried “soon” — he still has a lot of room in his heart for his late former wife.

“My fiancee knows how I felt about that woman,” Brown said. “My kids know how I feel … how I felt about Whitney. It’s not a secret, you know? I was in love with her deeply.”

[From The Today Show.MSNBC.com]

Bobby loved Whitney, but he had moved on from her before she died, and it showed. I like what he said about how she was glowing the last time he saw her, a week before her death. We heard rumors of their reconciliation back in 2008, and I tend to think they had an on-off relationship that didn’t end for good until one of them was in another relationship.

Also, I just want to say that I’m glad Matt Lauer did this interview instead of Ann Curry. Ann would have just asked Bobby how he was doing and gone “mmmhmm” and tried to look deep into his eyes, probing for sadness. She wouldn’t have asked any hard questions at all.

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  1. Lem says:

    I believe him.

    • Maguita says:

      Me too Lem.

      People move on after a relationship ends. And he clearly has put the past behind him. He has admitted to a co-dependent relationship that reinforced both their drug abuse.

      I believe Whitney was having a harder time moving on. And talked a lot about their time together.

      Still believe though that Bobby is milking this and trying to ride a bit on now Whitney’s tragic death.

      • Sure says:

        Other members of New Eddition, called Bobby an addict before he married her.His substance issues is well known before the marriage.

        Whitney had moved on as well. With Ray J. I think both of them have substance issues prior to marrying, then both became addicted after marrying.

      • Maguita says:

        @Sure, I agree with you that both got their addictions way before they met, and took it to another level once they got together.

        But in regards to Whitney finding love with Ray-J… I still find that guy shady. It DOES take two to tango, but just like with Bobby, once Whitney met Ray-J, her addictions roared back to the surface, and hurried her untimely demise.

  2. Whatever says:

    Bobby Brown is a quite the psycho.I believe he said years ago, he was using coke and heroin before meeting Whitney.

    How can love be real, when its so dysfunctional.They were not going to reunite. Thank God she left him before she died.

    Wasn’t he abusing her those years?

    • gg says:

      Whether he was or not I can’t say, but I stumbled on their show and watched a few episodes – she was a real piece of work all by herself. She yelled and bitched about everything constantly. Her catchphrase was “HELL to the NO!” She yelled that all the time. I was amazed.

    • patricia says:

      She said he spit on her once. Disgusting and so common. I for sure would have been DONE with his azz after that if there had been any reluctance to that point!

  3. Kamille says:

    Oh really?! Don’t say?! It’s completely brand new information!!!

  4. QQ says:

    OMG Dead on on The Ann MMMMHHHMMM Curry Remark!! She is getting worse as the year wears on as far as interviewing anyone

    • Cooper Lucy says:

      At this point I consider The Today Show more entertainment than news. Matt Lauer is indefinitely better than Ann Curry, but is by no means a hard hitting journalist. Just like his interviews of Lindsay Lohan – there are always tons of questions left unasked and he never calls her out when she blantly lies.

  5. Sure says:

    Maybe, bobby will go away after this interview.

  6. mln76 says:

    I’m not a Bobby fan in the least but it was well known that Whitney was on cocaine well before Bobby B. I don’t believe him when he hints that Whitney introduced him to drugs though. I am guessing they were both into drugs and once they got together their mutual habit got worse.

  7. mel says:

    You have to wonder if she was the demise of his career instead of the other way around…he came across prolific which is saying a lot for him.

    • Sure says:

      No.He was already in bad shape before he married. She lost it after she married him. That much was always obvious. Sad that she wasted so much time on that idiot.

  8. Skaffa says:

    Bobby was a drunk before he met W.H….a snif so now and then…no problem.it went wrong when they met each other…2 people with ‘getting hooked fast’ dna……and it was the end of the world..sadly..
    Hi from Amsterdam, Europe

    • Maguita says:

      Hello from North America. Lucky you, it’s already after 17:30 CET over there and your work day is over!… Or is it?

    • the original bellaluna says:

      I think it was two like-personalities crashing into each other.

      Hi from NoCali!

    • Sure says:

      Yes. He’s an alcoholic and was using prior to marrying her. He said so himself. He actually brought her down to his low, pathetic level.

  9. the original bellaluna says:

    From what I’ve read, the family has been trying to get BK into rehab and she’s refusing. I’m sure she’s hurting, and I hope she’s not next.

  10. ladybert62 says:

    You did not use hard drugs before you met her? I dont believe you.

    The two of you together were toxic and ending up killing both of your careers.

    • Sure says:

      He didn’t have much of a career to begin with. She was on her way to being the best singer of all time when she started to crash.

      • Megan says:

        Yes, Bobby did have a career before he met Whitney. I’m not even a fan of his right now ( especially after her death) but Bobby and New Edition were well beloved in the black community and still are ( New Edition, at least!).

  11. Cleveland Girl says:

    I believe every word he says. She admitted she was no angel before they met, that SHE was the one who was fooling everyone, not him.

  12. Amanda G says:

    I believe that she was totally in love with him, but I still don’t get that feeling from him. I think she was a cash cow to him so he could drink, cheat, get thrown in jail and not have any consequences because of her fame/money.

    • Sure says:

      I agree.Whitney loved that fool. She unfortunately wasted all her youth and good years with him, and he did nothing but abuse her and send her into an early grave. Whitney died before she actually died.

      RIP.

  13. MOONAGE says:

    “Our drug use had affected the love we felt for each other” And judging by the hilarious pic “Also our fashion accessory choices”

  14. truetalk says:

    So now she,s dead he,s trying to claim she introduced him to cocaine/crack?, i don,t believe that. I think they were both using and only got worse together. Meanwhile, his career was over before he met Whitney while she was at her peak and gradually went downhill from there.

  15. jes_sayin says:

    I’m surprised this post doesn’t even mention how drunk he is in the interview. Looks pretty obvious to me.