May 1, 2012


Bobby Brown on Whitney Houston: "I'm Not the Reason She's Gone"

Dave Kotinsky
Dave Kotinsky

Short of a mild controversy at Whitney Houston's funeral service, Bobby Brown has been understandably quiet since the February death of his ex-wife. On Wednesday (May 2), the singer will break his silence to "Today Show" host Matt Lauer, explaining that he was not the reason Houston initially turned to drugs and countering what he perceives as a negative public perception against him.

Brown saw the singer a week before she died and noted how healthy she looked. "[She] had this glow about her that was just, you know, incredible," said Brown. "I'm saying to myself, you know, 'She must be ... she must be doing really well,' because she looked really well. [She] looked like she was in a good place."

When asked how he felt upon hearing cocaine played a role in Houston's death, Brown mentioned his own struggles with the drug. "I was hurt," said the singer. "I was hurt ... because, you know, me being off of narcotics for the last seven years, I felt that she was, you know, I didn’t know she was struggling with it still. But at the same time, you know, listen, it's a hard fight. It's a hard fight to, you know, maintain sobriety that way."

In the interview, Brown speculated that it was one day of drug use and not long-term usage that led to Houston's death, but denied getting the singer hooked on drugs. "I didn't get high before I met Whitney," said Brown. "I smoked weed, I drank the beer, but no, I wasn't the one that got Whitney on drugs at all. I'm not the reason she's gone."

The second part of the interview will air Thursday, with Lauer speaking to Brown's three children and fiancée Alicia Etheridge.