Bobby Brown on hitting ‘Rock Bottom’ When He Was Dependent On Cocaine, Crack and Heroin
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Bobby Brown is getting candid about his addiction issues during his relationship with Whitney Houston.
In the second part on A&E’s Biography: Bobby Brown, which aired on Tuesday night the pop star talked about his time dependent on heroin, crack and cocaine before becoming clean. He also discussed his thoughts on the “big misconception” about his wedding to Houston.
Brown 53-year-old Brown was often portrayed by the media in the media as”the “bad boy” during his relationship with Houston and was blamed for her addiction. But, he claimed”the “Greatest Love of All” singer with the beautiful vocals was the experienced user at the time they met and he was able to discover on their wedding day in 1992.
The day they got married and reception, they were married, and the New Edition alum was “scared to death” and took refuge in a bathroom in which the alum had been “drinking, smoking, sniffing” cocaine, he told in detail. It was his wife and friend at the time, Alicia Etheredge, who actually helped him get over his anxiety and pushed into him to get out.
As he walked out and was feeling at ease and meet his bride-to-be for the first-time and her face appeared to be “doing a line of coke.” Although he described it as an “shocker” to see her “sniff for the first time,” amid anxiety about the wedding — and stressing about whether that was the right thing this made him feel that it was like he “had more in common” with Houston than he believed.
But, “I was new to [using cocaine] and she, I guess, had been doing it for a while,” the man said.
Brown admitted that the time Brown and Houston were not getting high, they were happy. “She was the most kind and sweetest person I had the pleasure of knowing. They were not “in the grips of this disease” initially. They focused on their newborn daughter, Bobbi Kristina, who was born in 1993 as well as “would party” on the weekends. Cocaine eventually “became a problem in our marriage …. After a while, we just lost our mind.”
Brown admitted that , in his cocaine habit, Brown also smoked crack and heroin and crack, which was mixed with marijuana.
“Being an addict is really hard,” said Brown who has been clean of drugs for more than 20 years, and from alcohol for two years. “You don’t know you are an addict until it gets worse and worse and worse.”
One of the most painful moment was when the band New Edition, who were reunited New Edition in 1997 and Houston accompanying the band in the middle of the highway. Brown remembers feeling so high that he believed Houston wanted to take his life. He claimed he threw all the passengers out of the coach, jumped over, and sped through the field with the .357 magnum in his hand, along with crack, cocaine, and marijuana in various pockets.
“They’re trying to kill me!” He recalled shouting at the time the owner of the property walked out carrying a firearm pointed towards him. Brown quit the tour that , due to the drama, as well as respiratory issues which he described being one of the “lowest of low” points.
But it was not the case for “rock bottom.” This was after his detention at the time in Florida over 65 days from the year 2000, after breaking parole after the case of a drunken driver years prior. The time of his addiction peak was at the time he was incarcerated, however, when he was released Houston claimed he was clean and clean of all drug abuse. But, Houston didn’t get sober during his time in prison.
“When Whitney picked me up [from jail], of course there was drugs in the car,” the driver said. “And I didn’t want any. I was grateful that I didn’t. It was out of my system. That’s when I knew that I had moved into a different realm. I was in a different space at that time. That’s when the problems started with me and her. I wanted her to become sober like I was. It was really hard for both of us to stay together and be together after that.”
He claimed that Houston had been “still using hard drugs” and, despite being clean his own experience, he started to overindulge in alcohol, resulting in an addiction. Brown insists the pair “would still be together if it wasn’t for drugs. Drugs just got the best of us.”
Brown also sought to clarify an “big misconception” and it was that he had been physically abusive towards Houston during their “tumultuous” marriage. Brown was accused of battery in 2003 following an altercation between him and Houston that caused her to suffer a bruise on her cheek and a cut on her upper lip. He was sentenced to sixty days in prison for breaking his probation.
“A big misconception on me [was that I was] physically abusing Whitney,” the man said. “I never, ever physically hit her — intentionally.”
In the aftermath of the incident, Brown stated that Houston “got in the way of a fight that I was having with one of the drug dealers we were dealing with.” He claimed he was drunk in the evening and “whooped” the dealer to ensure that he wouldn’t be able to return to their house.
“Whitney got in the way,” he said. “My hand went back, smacked her. That was the worst time in my life. It was something that I felt really bad about. I never expected to put my hands on her and to this day I wish it didn’t happen.”
At the end of 2006, Houston sought the divorce of Brown and the divorce was finalized in the following year. Although he entered the union with $55 million, Houston’s father demanded that he reveal his bank records prior to allowing the couple to get married “The Voice” — Houston walked away without a dime other than the custody rights of Bobbi Kristina.
“I left everything on the table,” he claimed including his car home, money and house. He relocated from Los Angeles and lived in his car that was in his the driveway of his future wife, Etheredge, until he legally divorced. Brown was then in a relationship with Etheredge who was a manager of music whom he enjoyed long-term friendship with, and they were married in 2012.
The year was also the one in which Houston passed away following a drowning incident in a bathtub at a hotel because of coronary artery disease as well as Cocaine intoxication. Brown discovered the news during a tour in the band New Edition. Brown’s bandmates from the past told Brown the news when he left the stage.
Brown began crying as he remembered his feelings of being “shock” from the news. “It was just unbelievable, man… That was the worst time in my life to know that she was gone… I wasn’t there… I wish I could have been there for her. But we had made our beds and we had to lie in them.”
In retrospect, Brown said “knowing what has occurred … I think we could have helped each other out. I think she’d still be here if we hadn’t divorced.”
In the wake of this documentary Brown will be launching his own docu-series called Bobby Brown: Every Little Step focused on his current life with Etheredge and overcoming the deaths of his daughter Bobbi Kristina as well as his nephew Bobby Jr. that airs Tuesday evening starting at 10 p.m. following the documentary. The regular time slot will be on Tuesdays, beginning at 9 p.m. beginning July 7.