NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 22:  Singer Bobby Brown stops by the AOL Studios In New York for an AOL Music Interview on March 22, 201
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On the Wednesday, May 2 edition of Today, Bobby Brown gave his first interview following the unexpected death of his ex-wife Whitney Houston

In spite of their publicly tumultuous relationship, Brown said his lengthy marriage to Houston was mostly characterized by good times. "Our relationship was great. I had 14 beautiful, beautiful years with that woman. I can honestly say that I love that woman with… with everything that I am. And I believe she loved me the same way."

Brown insisted that he was surprised to hear cocaine played a part in her death. "Me being off narcotics for the last seven years, I didn't know she was struggling with it still. But at the same time, it's a hard fight to maintain sobriety."

Responding to those who say the hard-partying R&B singer was partly culpable for Houston's addiction, Brown says he did not introduce Houston to drugs. In fact, Brown told Matt Lauer he had never tried hard drugs until he met his wife-to-be.

"I didn't get high before I met Whitney, [at least] on narcotics. I smoked weed, I drank beer, but no, I wasn't the one that got Whitney on drugs at all," Brown said, insisting she had tried them "way before" they met. He did, however, admit that his "addictive personality" took hold of him once he had experimented with more serious drugs. "But I wasn't the one that got her addicted to drugs. I'm not responsible she's gone."

What do you think about Bobby Brown's interview with the Today show? Do his words ring true to you?