The Bobby Brown memoir Every Little Step is not even out yet (its due out June 13) and it already has people talking. In fact, there are so many revelations involved, it’s hard to keep up with them all. Brown details his life with Whitney Houston, their drug use, their infidelities on both sides with other celebrities and sheds light on Houston’s controversial relationship with friend/personal assistant Robyn Crawford.
Here are a few stories that detail what’s inside and the response from Cissy Houston.
NEW YORK (AP) — In a book filled with explicit stories of sex, drugs and violence, Bobby Brown’s memoir includes allegations about the late Whitney Houston ranging from smoking pot with their then-teenage daughter to having an affair with Tupac Shakur.
In “Every Little Step,” Brown describes in detail his tumultuous years with Houston and the estrangement from their daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, after their divorce. He disputes reports that he was responsible for Houston’s drug problems and harshly criticizes her family and others around her for keeping him from their daughter.
Houston died in 2012, and Bobbi Kristina died last year.
“Every Little Step” comes out June 13. The Associated Press bought a copy Wednesday.
The 322-page book follows Brown’s life from growing up in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and his rise as a child star with New Edition to such platinum-selling solo albums as “Don’t Be Cruel” and his time with Houston and his current wife, Alicia Etheredge-Brown. The book includes testimonials from family members and such professional colleagues as Ralph Tresvant of New Edition and “Don’t Be Cruel” co-producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.
Brown, 47, writes in detail about his “bad boy” behavior: his many sexual affairs, with Janet Jackson and Madonna among his alleged partners; about his drug problems, which he says are now behind him, and his encounters with the law.
But he also pushes back against allegations that he was a corrupting influence on Houston. He writes that she was using cocaine before he was and continued to use drugs after he had cleaned up. He contends that she did her “share of cheating” with “quite a few of the producers and artists” she worked with, and names one ex-lover, the late Tupac Shakur.
Brown’s daughter from his relationship with Kim Ward, LaPrincia Brown, alleges in the book that she was in a car with Houston, Bobbi Kristina and Nick Gordon, Bobbi’s boyfriend at the time; when “things got real strange.”
“They all started smoking pot together,” she recalled. “Yes, she (Houston) was smoking with them.”
Brown has feuded with Houston’s mother, singer Cissy Houston, and other in-laws, and alleges a public “orchestration” designed to keep him from Bobbi Kristina and seal his “nefarious” reputation. Responding to “the offensive, pointing fingers” at him, he writes, “Both Whitney and Kristi had been tragically lost on their watch, not mine.”
Damn! Bobby Brown continues to come with the juice. For years it was rumored that Whitney Houston and her “assistant,” Robyn Crawford, were involved in a same sex relationship. Well, in the new issue of US Weekly, Bobby confirms that it’s all true.
“I know,” Brown, 47, says of his ex-wife’s relationship with Crawford, 55. “We were married for 14 years. There are some things we talked about that were personal to us.”
The story goes that Houston and Crawford met as teens when they both worked at a community center in East Orange, New Jersey, and Crawford became her assistant and later creative director, traveling the world with the Bodyguard star.
In his memoir, “Every Little Step,” Brown says even though she was attracted to men, Houston was bisexual.
“I’m a man and she was attracted to me!” he told Us.
Although Whitney strongly denied she was bisexual, Brown says it could have been because her family and her mother, Cissy Houston, in particular, didn’t approve of the lesbian relationship — even insisting Crawford be fired. Cissy, 82, revealed to Oprah Winfrey in 2013 that it “absolutely” would have bothered her if her daughter was gay, and she would not have condoned it.
“I really feel that if Robyn was accepted into Whitney’s life, Whitney would still be alive today,” Brown says. “She didn’t have close friends with her anymore.”
After Houston’s February 2012 death from drug overdose, Crawford wrote in a piece for Esquire that the superstar was “a loyal friend” who “looked like an angel.” “I loved her laughter, and that’s what I’ll miss most,” she wrote.
Now that the book is out, one person isn’t happy with Bobby Brown, but then she never was. Cissy Houston, who released her own memoir, Remembering Whitney in 2013, says she never liked Bobby or Robyn Crawford. In response Every Little Step, she had more to say.
Last night I saw Bobby Brown’s interview with Robin Roberts. It was disturbing. Although the interview was supposed to promote HIS autobiography, he never spoke about his parents and siblings and any issues they might have or have had that impacted and may continue to impact on ‘Every Little Step’ he takes. Instead he chose to concentrate his comments primarily on Whitney. I can’t help but wonder why,” says Houston.
“Whether I would have chosen Bobby for my daughter’s husband is not important because the choice was not mine to make. She loved him and I believe him when he says he loved her. I only wish he had loved and respected her enough to make some of the negative statements about her and Krissi while Whitney was alive and able to respond from her perspective,” she continues.
“On the OPRAH show when Whitney said Bobby had spit in her face and Krissi had seen it, Krissi was in the audience and available to challenge anything her mother said. Bobby was alive and free to dispute what she said. He chose not to; instead he waited to speak about her when she could no longer speak for herself.”
“There is no value in my challenging all of his statements – point for point – such as his assertion that he ‘had money’ when he married Whitney or that anyone in my family said he started Nippy on drugs. No one blames Bobby for that. However, I must say that his story of seeing her do drugs for the first time on their wedding day is untrue (Donna Houston, Robyn Crawford and I were with Nippy the whole time before the ceremony), and more importantly, it forever casts a shadow over one of the most important days of her life,” says Houston.
“I am deeply disappointed that this interview to promote the story of Bobby’s life seemed to be more of an exposé on Whitney’s life. My problem with Bobby has always been that he became her husband but not her helpmate or protector.”
“My prayer for Nippy and Krissi is that they will soon rest in peace. My prayer for me is that someday, somewhere beyond the horizon where we cannot see, I will be with them again . . . And Joy will come in the morning,” she concludes.
Did Bobby reveal too much?
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