Whitney Houston’s husband of 14-years, singer Bobby Brown, said he was overwhelmed the moment he found out Houston had died. “I just started crying,” he told Matt Lauer on the “Today Show.”
Brown agreed to an in-depth interview reportedly to clear the air about allegations he started Houston on the road to drug abuse that ultimately claimed her life on Feb. 11. Part 1 aired today (May 2).
Brown said he’d seen Whitney a week before she died.
“She had this glow about her that was just incredible. I’m thinking to myself she must be doing really well, because she looked really well.”
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office concluded that cocaine was a contributing factor to Houston’s death. The cause of death was cited as drowning. Houston was found submerged in a bathtub in her room at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Brown said he was hurt when he learned that cocaine had been found in her room. “Me being off of narcotics for the last seven years… I didn’t know she was struggling with it,” he said. “But it’s a hard fight to maintain sobriety.”
“Maybe I could’ve done something different to insure she had a longer life. But you have to want it. Some things just happen. God probably just wanted her up in Heaven, in the choir, you know,” he added.
Brown said he felt terrible to hear the chorus of accusations that Whitney went down hill after she met him. “I know differently,” he said. “If anyone ever knew us and if anyone ever spent any time around us… they would know how we felt about each other.”
Their reality show gave them “a wake up” about about their drug use, he said. But he denied getting Whitney hooked on drugs.
“I didn’t get high before I met Whitney… on narcotics. I smoked weed, I drank beer, but no I wasn’t the one who got Whitney on drugs. I worried about it when we first got together, until I tried it,” he said.
Brown said he has an addictive personality, but he doesn’t feel responsible for her death. “I can honestly say that — I love that woman with — with everything that I am. And I believe she loved me the same way,” he said.
Check out the interview below.