Bobby Brown sat down with Matt Lauer of the “Today” show to address a number of lingering questions regarding his relationship with ex-wife Whitney Houston. In his first televised interview since her death in February, and he says he still misses her greatly.
“Our relationship was great,” he said. “I had 14 beautiful, beautiful years with that woman.” And it’s not just his revisionist history, he insisted: “I can honestly say that, I love that woman with everything that I am. And I believe she loved me the same way.”
Regarding allegations that he introduced Houston to drugs, Brown says he never used hard drugs before meeting the songstress, and said that she had used drugs before they were involved. “I worried about it when … we first got together until I tried it,” he said. “And when I tried it, for some reason, I have an addictive personality.”
He does have some regrets, wondering to Lauer whether “I could’ve done something different, you know, to ensure that she had a longer life. But you have to want it, you know?”
He says his 2005 reality show “Being Bobby Brown,” which at times showed both of them under the influence, was a “wake-up, because we were able to see what others were saying about us …. (to) see that our drug use had affected our relationship, had affected the love we felt for each other.”
Houston declined to appear on a second season of the show, and the pair separated in 2006; they divorced the following year. Still, said Brown — who told Lauer he would be getting remarried “soon” — he still has a lot of room in his heart for his late former wife.
“My fiancee knows how I felt about that woman,” Brown said. “My kids know how I feel … how I felt about Whitney. It’s not a secret, you know? I was in love with her deeply.”
Part two of Bobby Brown’s interview will air Thursday and also includes interviews with four of Brown’s children. Watch part one below.