Bobby Brown says his nine-hour stint in prison several years ago was enough to turn him away from substance abuse for good.
“Jail got me to stop taking drugs. I never wanted to go back to jail. I didn’t want to be incarcerated ever, ever again,” the one time New Edition singer, 47, told “The Dr. Oz Show” in a new episode airing Thursday.
In 2013, Brown was sentenced to 55 days in jail after pleading no contest to a drunk driving arrest. He only served nine hours of his sentence, but he says it was enough to stop his years of alcohol and drug abuse.
“I didn’t want my kids to grow up and see me in that type of light,” he said. “I’ve always been one to want to grow to want to be better and better on the next day — if I’m bad yesterday, I want to be better the next day, especially for my children. I mean, my children mean everything to me, everything. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them. So I try to be as strong as possible for them every day. And it takes every day for me to do that.”
Earlier this year, Brown welcomed his seventh child with third wife Alicia Etheredge-Brown. He opened up to Dr. Oz about losing Bobbi Kristina, his daughter with the late Whitney Houston.
“I’m doing great. Of course, on an everyday basis, I still think about her and I still go through it,” he said. “But, I think I’m a lot more comfortable with knowing that she’s in a better place, knowing that she’s not in pain anymore, you know, and I’m just grateful for that.”
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