Bobby Brown is apparently tired of being painted as the villain in Whitney Houston’s spiral from musical goddess to crack addict — and he’s ready to talk.
The former multiplatinum artist is currently on the interview circuit promoting his forthcoming VH-1 “Behind the Music” special. Right or wrong, Brown is widely recognized as the one who dragged Houston down from her perch as pop princess into a state of mental disrepute. Houston, one of the best-selling female artists of all time, granted an interview with talk show queen Oprah that was shown in two parts on the billionaire media maven’s show this past week. On the show, Whitney seemingly put the onus on Bobby, telling Oprah that he “was my drug.”
Brown said they both were culpable in the dissolution of their 14-year marriage that produced one child, the angelic Bobbi Kristina.
“I think we corrupted each other,” Brown disclosed to the “Insider.” “I don’t think she hurt me or I hurt her in any way. I just think we had a 14-year marriage that had its ups and downs, and not many people understood it.”
Brown achieved superstar status as a solo artist in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s with hits (“My Prerogative,” “Every Little Step,” “The Girl Next Door” and “Don’t Be Cruel”) that helped him eclipse the fame of his former New Edition bandmates. Yet, Brown’s repeated brushes with the law and well-known drug addiction garnered far more media attention than anything he accomplished musically. –terry shropshire