Bobby Brown Says He & Whitney Houston Should Have Been Better Parents

While promoting “Every Little Step,” Bobby Brown opened up about his marriage to Whitney Houston in a recent interview with Robin Roberts for “20/20.”

In the interview, Bobby admits he did hit Whitney and he feels they could have been better parents to Bobbi Kristina.

Page Six writes:

Brown admits he did indeed strike Houston one time while he was “trying to maintain sobriety,” but ultimately says he’s “never been a violent man toward a woman ever.”

He discusses the frequent drug use in their tumultuous relationship, too, and says he was using cocaine, crack-laced marijuana and alcohol. “The last few years of our marriage was terrible,” Brown said. “Both of us trying to be clean, or one of us trying to be clean … it was terrible.”

In 2006, Houston filed for divorce. The former boy bander married his second wife, Alicia Etheredge, in 2012.

Brown also says he and Houston could have better protected late daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown from their chaotic world: “We should have been better.”

But he says he made it a point to never let her see them in such terrible conditions. “It’s hard when you’re doing it every day, it’s really hard.”

In another interview with US Weekly, Bobby claims the rumors about Whitney being in a lesbian relationship before their marriage are true:

“I know,” Brown, 47, tells Us exclusively of his ex-wife’s relationship with Crawford, 55. “We were married for 14 years. There are some things we talked about that were personal to us.” Houston and Crawford met as teens when they both worked at a community center in East Orange, New Jersey, and Crawford became her assistant and later creative director, traveling the world with the Bodyguard star.

The New Edition frontman alleges in his new book, Every Little Step, that Houston was bisexual. “I’m a man and she was attracted to me!” he tells Us.

Although the “I Will Always Love You” singer strongly denied the claims, Brown alleged it could have been because her family, including her mother, Cissy Houston, didn’t approve of the lesbian relationship — even insisting Crawford be fired. Cissy, 82, revealed to Oprah Winfrey in 2013 that it “absolutely” would have bothered her if her daughter was gay, and she would not have condoned it.

“I really feel that if Robyn was accepted into Whitney’s life, Whitney would still be alive today,” Brown says. “She didn’t have close friends with her anymore.”

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19 comments

  1. Is he this desperate to sell his book? Whitney and Bobbi are dead. This is classless of him.

    1. Thank youuuuuuuu! People are feeling sorry for him but he is a low life scumbag for exposing something about a dead person who is not here to defend herself. Would he have written this memoir is her daughter was alive? Sick of him

  2. The problem with this is the people he’s talking about aren’t here to defend themselves. But he’s clearly in need of cash and doesn’t seem to care about morals right about now. And the whole not doing drugs thing in front of Bobbi didn’t really matter in the end did it? Besides..kids aren’t dumb. They can tell when their parents are on drugs. Bobbi started doing drugs because she knew it’s what her parents were doing.

  3. People are going to write a tell all book about him when he is dead and I am sure it will be his close friends or a family member. The questions and rumors have been out there for many years. Since Whitney’s death her family have been on there giving interviews about most of the questions. They are the ones who shed the truth about Bobby not being the one who started Whitney on drugs. Lets face it. If you are or were famous, people are going to write a book about it if they were close to you. That is show business.

  4. And this is why you can’t marry just anybody. If your SO isn’t making you better, it’s just a matter of time before they bring you down. Whitney wasn’t an angel, but getting with someone with just as many issues as her or even more was a tragic mistake. And the sins of the parents were just passed on to the child. Really, really think twice about who you choose to marry and have kids with.

  5. Bobby ain’t sh-t. Ain’t enough money or fame in the world for me to throw my family under a bus for a check. But what do I know. Most celebs don’t know sh-t about loyalty. This is another one of those times I get sad about Whitney marrying this man. Imagine how different her life could have been.

  6. I can understand why he wrote a book I mean it’s his life too. But I just don’t think he should be spilling Whitney’s tea. She didn’t want anyone to know she was bi. He should have left that part out.

  7. I think he could’ve told his story without exposing secrets. I’d understand his desire to clarify misunderstandings and clear his name, but I’d also think the pain of losing TWO people you loved would outweigh the backlash he gets about ruining Whitney’s life. I watched the 20/20 interview and to say he’s in such a “good” place with his wife and children, I’d think that this would be something he could’ve taken to the grave with him. He can’t be mad if/when Nick writes a book later on down the line…

  8. Poor Whitney. Bobby telling all and her estate selling all.. I mean really I never heard that Whitney was in a relationship with a woman. I would have gone my life not knowing. And I can’t believe the estate is selling her drivers license, passport, wedding dress… everyone she ever knew only wanted to profit from her it seems. How can the family really be mad when they are selling intimate pieces of her too?!

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