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April 4, 2008: "Bobby Brown Says Marriage To Whitney Houston Was Doomed"
With an ex-husband like Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston doesn't need enemies.
In his upcoming autobiography, Brown blows the lid on his wildly dysfunctional marriage to the troubled, Grammy-winning diva, suggesting that she drove him into a nightmare of drug addiction.
"I never used cocaine until after I met Whitney. Before then, I had experimented with other drugs, but marijuana was my drug of choice," Brown writes in "Bobby Brown: The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing But," out next month. "At one point in my life, I used drugs uncontrollably. I was using everything I could get my hands on, from cocaine to heroin, weed and cooked cocaine."
As far as his 15-year marriage to Houston is concerned, it "was doomed from the very beginning. Within the first year we separated, with several more to follow," Brown writes. "I think we got married for all the wrong reasons. Now, I realize Whitney had a different agenda than I did when we got married . . . I believe her agenda was to clean up her image, while mine was to be loved and have children."
Whitney, he alleges, had been under "a lot of pressure. The media was accusing her of having a bisexual relationship with her assistant, Robin Crawford. Since she was the American Sweetheart and all, that didn't go too well with her image . . . In Whitney's situation, the only solution was to get married and have kids. That would kill all speculation, whether it was true or not. In the short, I think I got caught up in the politics and ended up marrying one of the biggest stars in the world."
But Brown notes that he was no saint in their relationship, confessing in his book, "I am guilty of sleeping with other women . . . Women are always throwing themselves at you. I'm only human, so I would make the mistake and bite the hook sometimes . . . I let the testosterone take over."
One of his most public indiscretions was an affair with former exotic dancer Karrine "Superhead" Steffans. "Yes, I've slept with her," he confesses. "Yes, I've spent several nights at her house. But she was only good for what her nickname stood for."
Reps for Houston, who divorced Brown a year ago, did not return our call for comment.
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Birth name: Robert Barisford Brown.
Also known as: B. Brown, the King of R&B.
Born: February 5, 1969 Boston, Massachusetts, United States.
Bobby Brown biography (bio):
Robert Barisford Brown is better known as Bobby Brown, is an American Grammy Award-winning R&B singer, songwriter, and dancer. Brown began his career with the popular boy band New Edition in 1980 but was later ousted from the group due to behavioral problems. He embarked on a solo career in 1986 and had a string of Top 10 Billboard hits. Brown is the ex-husband of R&B singer Whitney Houston and the star of his own reality show, Being Bobby Brown on Bravo. On September 13, 2006, Houston's publicist announced that after 14 years, the singer filed for a legal separation from Brown. It was ruled by a judge on April 4, 2007 that their marriage would be definitively dissolved on April 24, 2007 and that Whitney would receive custody of their 14-year-old daughter.
Bobby Brown was born in Roxbury, a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts. He began singing with schoolmates Michael Bivins and Ricky Bell in 1978. The group, which would later include Ralph Tresvant and Ronnie DeVoe, developed into New Edition and, after a few talent show wins, was discovered by producer Maurice Starr. Starr signed the group to his label and co-authored its debut hit, "Candy Girl", in 1983, which helped get New Edition a deal with MCA. Along with "Candy Girl", Brown and New Edition scored several other pop and R&B hits in the early 1980s, including "Mr. Telephone Man", "Cool It Now", and "Is This The End". After a few moments of teen stardom, Brown longed to move on to an adult solo career. New Edition replaced Bobby Brown with a long-time friend of the group Johnny Gill in 1987.
Bobby Brown released his debut solo album, King of Stage, in 1986, and while it didn't make a name for Brown as a pop star, it did spawn an R&B hit in the ballad "Girlfriend" and a moderate hit "The Girl Next Door" in early 1987. King of Stage gave little indication that Brown was about to become a breakout star on the cutting edge of modern R&B.
George Smith was Bobby Brown's manager when Bobby left New Edition and was working on the "Don't Be Cruel" album. George Smith was responsible for spearheading Bobby's solo career with the "Don't Be Cruel" album which sold over twelve million copies. George Smith used his business acumen including independent retail, radio and marketing to help facilitate Bobby Brown's image, development and album sales. George Smith financed, mentored, implemented and orchestrated Bobby's success before and during his first album. George Smith was instrumental in developing the careers of Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Antonio "L.A." Reid. Bobby Brown lived with George Smith for a while at Mr. Smith's estate in Danville, California.
"Don't Be Cruel", Brown sought a more distinctive musical identity in the budding new jack swing movement. He enlisted L.A. Reid and Babyface, with new jack pioneer Teddy Riley. The result, Don't Be Cruel. Released in the summer of 1988, the record produced Brown's first pop Top Ten hit in the title track. From there, Don't Be Cruel just kept spinning off hits: the ballad "Roni", the dance tune "Every Little Step" (which showed off Brown's rapping "skills" and earned him a Grammy in 1989 for Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance-Male), and another ballad "Rock Wit'cha" all hit the Top 10 in 1989, with the former two both making it all the way to number three. Brown was also the opening act for his old group New Edition on their Heart Break tour along with other New Jack Swing acts such as Al B. Sure, Guy, and Keith Sweat.
Don't Be Cruel topped the album charts and sold a whopping seven million copies, making Brown a superstar. That same year, he was tapped to provide the theme song for Ghostbusters II and responded with the number two smash "On Our Own", another rap/R&B mixture and "We're Back"; he also contributed a rap to friend Glenn Medeiros' number one pop hit "She Ain't Worth It." Brown was so popular at this point that even his 1990 remix album Dance!...Ya Know It! went platinum. The "Don't Be Cruel" was one of the albums that helped define the New Jack Swing movement's early phase in the late 1980s.
And then, somehow, the momentum began to slow. Countless other artists expanded on the new jack swing blueprint, with Brown's former New Edition colleagues Tresvant, Gill, and Bell Biv Devoe at the forefront. Moreover, Don't Be Cruel made L.A. Reid and Babyface into hot commodities, and their sound was all over the airwaves. In 1989 he met pop singer Whitney Houston at the Soul Train Music Awards. In 1990 Bobby Brown reunited with the rest of the members of New Edition at the 1990 Video Music Awards as they performed as solo acts Bell Biv DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, and Ralph Tresvant then all six came on stage together to perform melodies of their hits such as "If It Isn't Love", "Mr. Telephone Man", and "Can You Stand The Rain". Around this time Bobby was working with his old groupmates during their solo periods.
He was featured on groupmate's Ralph Tresvant remix to his big hit "Sensitivity" along with his older brother Tommy Brown. He was also featured on Ralph's hit "Stone Cold Gentleman". Brown also made a cameo appearance in Bell Biv DeVoe's video "B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me?)". In 1991 Brown along with the rest of the members of New Edition appeared on the remix of Bell Biv DeVoe's song "Word To The Mutha" and the music video also featured all six members as they returned to the Orchard Park Projects in Boston where they grew up. Also in 1991 Brown became engaged to singer Whitney Houston and in the summer of the 1992 the two got married at her mansion in New Jersey in front of star-studded guests which also included Brown's New Edition groupmates.
Shortly after his marriage to Whitney Houston Bobby released his third solo album "Bobby" in 1992. The album featured hits such as "Humpin' Around", "Good Enough", "Get Away", "That's The Way Love Is", "Something In Common" (a duet with Whitney Houston, and "Two Can Play That Game". The album featured production from Babyface & L.A. Reid, Teddy Riley, and himself. The album also featured the debut of Teddy Riley's group Blackstreet with the original group before they released their debut album which featured members Teddy Riley, Chauncey Hannibal, Levi Little, and Joseph Stonestreet.
In 1993 Whitney and Bobby welcomed a daughter Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown and it was Whitney's first but Bobby's fourth child as he had three other children Landon, LaPrincia, and Bobby, Jr. from previous relationships. Also in 1993 Brown and some friends put together a compliation album called the B. Brown Posse which featured his sister Coop B., Stylz who appeared on "Humpin' Around", DeDe McNeil, and an R&B group named Smooth Sylk. Also that year Brown released a remix album called "Remixes N The Key Of B" which featured remixes of his hits from the "Bobby" album. Also that year his New Edition groupmates Bell Biv DeVoe, Ralph Tresvant, and Johnny Gill released their second rounds of solo projects and neither were as successful as the first round of solo projects.
So by 1994 the members of New Edition started talks of a reunion and all six members agreed to the reunion and Tresvant came up with Home Again. The group began the recording sessions for Home Again. The first song the group completed was a song called "Hear Me Out" a ballad which featured a spoken part by Michael Bivins and lead vocals from Johnny Gill, Ricky Bell, Ralph Tresvant, and Bobby Brown. The song was recorded in 1994 two years before the album was released. The first single was "Hit Me Off" and it featured lead vocals from Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Ricky Bell, and Johnny Gill and raps from Ronnie DeVoe and Michael Bivins. The song went #1 on the billboard R&B charts.
The album was released in the fall of 1996 and featured production from Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Silky, Dinky Bingham, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Heavy D, Chucky Thompson, Jermaine Dupri & Carl-So-Lowe, and Gerald Levert & Edwin Nicholas. The follow up single to Silky produced "Hit Me Off" was the Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis produced "I'm Still In Love With You" which was also a hit and featured lead vocals from Ricky Bell & Ralph Tresvant. Third single was a hip-hop flavored track called "You Don't Have To Worry" written and produced by Sean "Puffy" Combs, Heavy D, and Chucky Thompson and co-written by the R&B group 112 who Puffy signed to his label Bad Boy Records. The song featured lead vocals by Bobby Brown, the bridge was sung by Ralph Tresvant, and a rap from Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe. At the end of 1996 the group embarked on their reunion tour called the Home Again Tour. The tour started out great but sometimes the stage production on the tour wasn't great and the group became frustrated with the way the tour was going.
Brown also starred in a few movies during his time away from the studio. After serving 65 days in jail in 2000 he stated he wanted to get his life back in order. By the summer of 2001 Brown was reportedly working on a new album but was halted by a seizure. In 2002 he was in talks with Irv Gotti CEO of The Inc. (formely Murder Inc.) to sign with the label and then collaborated with The Inc.'s main artist hip-hop star Ja Rule on his hit song Thug Lovin' from his fourth album The Last Temptation.
In the fall of 2005 New Edition performed some of their hits on BET's 25th Year Celebration and brought Brown onstage to perform Mr. Telephone Man. Brown then brought the house down with his big solo hit My Prerogative. It was announced later that Brown had rejoined New Edition and the group was a six man group again. He then started performing at concerts as a special guest with some of his fellow groupmates including Bell Biv DeVoe and Johnny Gill. At a Bell Biv DeVoe show which Brown performed with them because Ricky's voice went out, it was announced that New Edition will have a new album and tour in 2008 with all six members. It will be their second album since Home Again as a sextet.
In April of 2007, Bobby Brown performed at the "House of Blues" in Los Angeles and a dynamic new entertainer/actor/producer named 2 Krayze opened the show for Bobby. 2 Krayze is a young "Tween Sensation" who is 14 years old and the son of George Smith. He is a mesmerizing entertainer with an electrifying high-energy style performance, complete with a mixture of rhythmic beats, street-dancing and smooth choreography. Bobby Brown predicts that 2 Krayze will be a superstar and reminds him of his "Don't Be Cruel" younger days.
In October 2004 "Don't Be Cruel" appeared in popular video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on R&B, Soul radio station CSR 103.9. Brown has now rejoined New Edition. The group plans to record a new album, slated for a 2008 release.
Author Kola Boof (who claims to have had a non-consensual relationship with Osama Bin Laden) has said that the terrorist had an infatuation with Brown's wife, Whitney Houston, and that he allegedly planned to have Brown killed so he could make Houston one of his wives.
On September 13, 2006, Brown's marriage to Houston, which had been dogged by tabloid rumors and other legal issues from the very beginning, came to an end when Houston filed for a legal separation. One month later (October 2006), Houston officially filed for a divorce from Brown.
Being Bobby Brown:
In June 2005, Brown launched his own reality series, Being Bobby Brown, on the Bravo television network. Running for thirteen episodes, the reality show focused on the personal lives of the singer and wife Whitney Houston and their accompanying family, mostly of Bobby's children, brother Tommy and father. The show was one of the highest-rated shows on the Bravo channel, partially for Houston's off banter quotes, including the oft-repeated hell to the no.