Bobby Brown, 43, sat down with Matt Lauer of the “Today show” in his first exclusive interview since his ex-wife, Whitney Houston died. Brown told host Matt Lauer that he had been off drugs for seven years and was hurt to hear that Houston had been using cocaine. And of course we all know, this was Bobby’s chance to clear the air, since the world blames him for getting Whitney hooked on drugs.
“I’m not the one that got Whitney hooked on drugs, at all,” Brown said in an interview to be aired this week on the Today show and “I’m not the reason she’s gone,” he added.
“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,” he said.
Brown said drugs were part of Houston’s life before he met her in 1991. “I smoked weed, I drank the beer, but no, I wasn’t the one that got Whitney on drugs at all,” he said.
“So this was a part of her life before you and she got together?” Lauer asked.
“Way, way before. Yeah … It’s just, it’s just unexplainable – how one could, you know, (say that I) got her addicted to drugs. I’m not the reason she’s gone,” Brown replied.
Bobby spoke about the last time he saw Whitney, which was a week before she died, they were at a restaurant having dinner with their daughter, Bobby Kristina.
Brown said Houston had a “glow about her” “She just looked like she was in a good place,” he said.
The interview will air Wednesday and Thursday on the “Today show” on NBC.