As a newlyweds, Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston sing “Common ground” Their first duet was in 1992.
Before marrying the late pop superstar on July 18, 1992, the jittery groom who had been “drinking, smoking, sniffing” in the bathroom found that the two had more in common than even their blistering music careers.
“I walked in and, um, saw her drinking Coke. The first time I saw her nose shocked me,” he reveals in the new A&E documentary “Biography: Bobby Brown,” Premieres Monday and Tuesday nights. “I think that’s when I realized we had more in common than I thought. I’m new and I guess she’s been doing it for a while.”
Brown, 53, told The Washington Post that making the documentary was a “healing” process for him. “Because of the loss I’ve experienced, I’m trying to get myself back into shape, which is therapeutic,” he said. “Time to clean out my closet.”
The documentary traces how Brown and four friends in the downtown Boston neighborhood of Roxbury formed the new edition when they were kids and went on to find success with Jackson 5-style hits such as “Candy Girl” and “Mr. Phone Man.”
Brown was the group’s resident bad boy: he sold drugs even after their breakthrough, and rebelled against their bubblegum image — which eventually earned him the cast of the new edition.
“I want revenge,” said Brown, who has since gone on to become a solo star with new jack-shaking classics such as “Don’t be cruel” and “every small step”.
In those days, Brown did a lot around. “I believe I’m a sex addict,” he said.
In fact, before Houston came along, Brown had an affair with two other pop divas of the era: Madonna and Janet Jackson. “Did I sleep with Madonna? We didn’t sleep,” he said.
Describing Jackson as “the love of my life,” Brown said, “The reason I broke up with Janet was because she couldn’t be with a man like me. I’m from the project. I’m a hijab.”
But it was “love at first sight” for Brown when he met Houston backstage at the Soul Train Music Awards in 1989. Lovebirds are also greedy.
“My sex life with Whitney was intense,” Brown said. “It doesn’t matter where we are.”
The couple overcame Brown’s infidelity even before they got married, resulting in his son Bobby Jr. being born three months before their daughter Bobbi Kristina.
“We’ve always felt that our love is strong enough to overcome whatever obstacles are in front of us,” he said. “If it wasn’t for drugs, we would still be together. Drugs make us the best.”
Houston’s longtime assistant also has problems — and ex-lover – Robin Crawford. “It wasn’t until later in our marriage that I learned that Whitney’s relationship was more than just friends,” Brown said in the document.
Now, Brown regrets that Crawford ended up leaving Houston’s team. “Robin is a good friend of Whitney,” he said. “I can say, I hope Robin is still in her life at the end, you know.”
by the time he went to jail With a parole violation following a 2000 DUI conviction, Brown graduated from cocaine, crack and weed to heroin. But he kicked his drug habit into jail. “I got out of prison, I stopped doing drugs, but, well, I started to become overly addicted to alcohol,” he said.
But, he added, “Whitney was still on drugs,” which led to the couple’s divorce in 2007. Houston died in 2012, who suffered the most was their daughter, Bobbi Kristina. In 2015, she was found unconscious in a bathtub – very similar to her mother – and after being drug-induced into a coma, She died a few months later Only 22 years old.
Then, in 2020, Brown’s son Bobby Jr. died of an accidental overdose Fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol.
Now clean and sober, Brown is enjoying a happy family life with his wife of 10 years, Alicia Etheridge, who is also his manager, and their three young children. In fact, their lives will be watched on the A&E reality show “Bobby Brown: Every Step”, which premieres after the documentary on Tuesday.
But don’t expect a repeat of “Train Crash” from “Being Bobby Brown.”
“I’m in a different situation now, I’m in a different world now,” he told the Post. “My world is much better.”
Fresh off his reunion tour with the new edition, Brown hopes the documentary and reality show will help people see him in a new light.
“I hope they take away my resilience,” he said. “I’m someone who goes through ups and downs. I just try to stay strong. I pray a lot and I try to be better for myself – and for my family as well.”