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Bobby Brown reflects on Whitney and Bobbi Kristina in new doc

As a newlywed couple, Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston sang about having “Something in Common” on their first duet in 1992.

And earlier than his marriage ceremony to the late pop celebrity on July 18, 1992, the jittery groom — who had been “consuming and smoking, sniffing” within the rest room — found that the 2 shared much more than their sizzling music careers.

“I walked in and, um, noticed her doing a line of coke. It was a shocker to me seeing her sniff for the primary time,” he revealed within the new A&E documentary “Biography: Bobby Brown,” which premieres on Monday and Tuesday nights. “I believe that was after I realized that we had extra in frequent than I believed. I used to be new to it, and I assume she had been doing it for some time.”

Within the four-part doc, the “My Prerogative” singer opens up about all the pieces from his tumultuous relationship with Houston and affairs with different pop divas to his intercourse dependancy, substance abuse and the tragic deaths of his youngsters Bobbi Kristina and Bobby Jr.

Brown, 53, informed The Submit that making the documentary was a “therapeutic” course of for him. “Due to the losses I’ve gone via and me attempting to get properly with myself, it was therapeutic,” he mentioned. “It was my time to scrub out my closet.”

Bobby Brown advanced from New Version’s resident dangerous boy to a solo celebrity.
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The documentary traces how Brown and 4 associates within the inner-city Boston neighborhood of Roxbury fashioned New Version once they had been children and went on to have success with Jackson 5-esque hits equivalent to “Candy Girl” and “Mr. Phone Man.”

Brown was the group’s resident dangerous boy: He offered medication even after their breakthrough and rebelled towards their bubblegum picture — which might finally get him voted out of New Version.

“I needed revenge,” mentioned Brown, who went on to grow to be a solo celebrity with new jack swing classics equivalent to “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Each Little Step.”

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With New Version, Bobby Brown (second from left) rose up from the tasks in Boston.
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And in these days, Brown did loads of humpin’ round. “I imagine I used to be a intercourse addict,” he mentioned.

Actually, earlier than Houston got here alongside, Brown had affairs with two of the period’s different reigning pop queens: Madonna and Janet Jackson. “Did I sleep with Madonna? We didn’t do any sleeping,” he mentioned. 

Describing Jackson as “the crush of my life,” Brown mentioned, “The rationale me and Janet broke off was as a result of she couldn’t be with a person like myself. I’m from the tasks. I’m hood.”

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Bobby Brown (proper) and New Version performing in 1985.
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Nevertheless it was “love at first sight” for Brown when he met Houston backstage on the Soul Prepare Music Awards in 1989. And the lovebirds had been in lust too.

“Me and Whitney’s intercourse life was fairly intense,” mentioned Brown. “It didn’t matter the place we had been.”

The couple even overcame Brown’s infidelity proper earlier than they obtained married, leading to his son Bobby Jr., who was born simply three months earlier than their daughter Bobbi Kristina.

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Bobby Brown with spouse Whitney Houston and daughter Bobbi Kristina at “The Princess Diaries: Royal Engagement” premiere in 2004.
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“We at all times felt that our love was robust sufficient to beat any impediment that was put in entrance of us,” he mentioned. “We might nonetheless be collectively if it wasn’t for, , medication. Medication simply obtained the perfect of us.”

There have been additionally points with Houston’s longtime assistant — and former lover — Robyn Crawford. “I didn’t know that Whitney’s relationship was extra than simply associates till afterward in our marriage,” mentioned Brown within the doc.

Now, Brown regrets that Crawford ended up leaving Houston’s crew. “Robyn was an excellent pal to Whitney,” he mentioned, “and I can say that I want Robyn was nonetheless in her life, , on the finish.”

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Bobby Brown and his spouse of 10 years, Alicia Etheredge, who can also be his supervisor.
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By the point he went to jail for parole violations stemming from a DUI conviction in 2000, Brown had graduated from cocaine, crack and weed to heroin. However he kicked his drug behavior behind bars. “I get out of jail, and I ended doing medication, however, um, I began overindulging myself in alcohol,” he mentioned.

However, he provides, “Whitney was nonetheless utilizing onerous medication,” which contributed to the couple getting divorced in 2007. And after Houston’s demise in 2012, it was their daughter Bobbi Kristina who suffered essentially the most. In 2015, she was discovered unconscious in her bathtub — eerily just like her mom — and, after being positioned in a medically induced coma, she died months later at simply 22.

Then, in 2020, Brown’s son Bobby Jr. died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol.

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Bobby Brown performing with New Version on the 2022 Tradition Tour with New Version on the State Farm Area n Atlanta.
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Now clear and sober, Brown is having fun with a cheerful household life together with his spouse of 10 years, Alicia Etheredge — who can also be his supervisor— and their three younger children. Actually, their lives will likely be adopted within the A&E actuality present “Bobby Brown: Each Little Step,” which premieres after the documentary on Tuesday.

However don’t anticipate a repeat of the “practice wreck” that was “Being Bobby Brown.”  

“I’m in a unique mild now, I’m in a unique world now,” he informed The Submit. “My world is quite a bit higher.”

And recent off a reunion tour with New Version, Brown is hoping that the documentary and actuality present will assist individuals see him in a brand new mild.

“I need them to remove my resilience,” he mentioned. “I’m a human being that goes via ups and downs. And I simply attempt to keep robust. I pray quite a bit, and I work onerous at being higher for myself — and being higher for my household.” 

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