In a new episode of Red Table Talk, the New Edition singer gets candid about his tumultuous relationship with the late hitmaker. Not only does he open up about their drug addiction and the many controversies that followed them throughout the years, but Brown also touched upon Houston’s unexpected death.
Bobby Brown says he and Whitney Houston had a ‘messy’ relationship
During the latest episode of Facebook Watch’s Red Table Talk, Brown and his wife Alicia Etheredge joined Jada Pinkett Smith and her family to speak about the string of losses he’s experienced in his life these last few years.
In addition to opening up about the heartbreak of losing his son, Bobby Brown Jr., and daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, the R&B singer also spoke about the tragic death of his ex-wife, Houston. The latter died in 2012 after accidentally drowning in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton hotel room in Beverly Hills.
Brown and Houston were married from 1992 to 2007. The couple experienced many ups and downs in their marriage, which the “Every Little Step” crooner described as “volatile.”
“The violence that we incurred was using, and that is violence in itself. We abused drugs and alcohol,” he told hosts Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, and Willow Smith. “We fought hard verbally. And we loved even harder.”
Things between the pair got even more explosive after they landed their short-lived reality show Being Bobby Brown, during which the singer says their relationship got “really, really messy.”
“Our love was strong for each other, we showed it to each other time and time again, over and over,” he added. “We just got caught up and that had nothing to do with how we felt about each other. The love was always there.”
Bobby Brown admits his and Whitney Houston’s drug addiction tore them apart
Though Brown and Houston loved each other immensely, the “My Prerogative” singer admits that their addiction to drugs and alcohol had a negative effect on their marriage.
“I got clean a long time before she did — we were already divorced,” he said. “She was a strong woman. She was fighting really hard to save her own life. I had strength for myself at that time — being an addict, I needed to save myself in order to be able to save someone else… Unfortunately, we grew apart while I was trying to find myself.”
But despite their addictions tearing them apart, Brown doesn’t put the blame on anyone.
“I don’t look at pointing a finger. We did [drugs] together,” Brown said. “It’s not that I started her or she started me. Drugs [are] a bad thing and once you’re caught up in it, there’s no stopping. That [chaotic] energy starts to take over the relationship and starts to take over who you are as people, and that’s what happened between us.”
Despite their tumultuous past, Bobby Brown still thinks highly of his ex-wife
After listening to all that Brown had gone through in his marriage to Houston, Pinkett Smith asked him what he would say to his ex-wife if she were still alive today.
Though the question caught him a little off guard, Brown revealed that he would tell the “I Will Always Love You” singer that she is “definitely missed” in his heart and spirit.
He added, “She was my friend. She was the mother of my child. One of the greatest entertainers that I’ve ever met. One of the greatest voices the world has ever bared witness to. I know for what it all meant, God has a plan that I can’t question. It was already written in the books.”