Matt Lauer of NBC’s TODAY show conducted an interview with singer Bobby Brown that will air on Wednesday during the morning show, in which he claims no responsibility for what happened to his ex-wife Whitney Houston.
Lauer asks Brown what he thinks about the comments made by people, notably members of Houston’s family, who said he was a “negative influence” on Whitney and accuse him of being the reason she was addicted to drugs.
“I didn’t get high before I met Whitney … I smoked weed, I drank the beer, but no, I wasn’t the one that got Whitney on drugs at all … I’m not the reason she’s gone.” Brown says.
Brown tells Lauer he was shocked to her of Houston’s death because he had just seen her a week earlier for dinner with daughter Bobbi Kristina, and she looked to be doing really well. He claims that he, himself had been clean of narcotics for seven years and had no idea that Whitney was still struggling with addiction.
“I was hurt. I was hurt … Because, you know, me being off of narcotics for the last seven years — I felt that she was, you know, I didn’t know she was struggling with it still. But at the same time, you know– listen, it’s a hard fight,” Brown told Lauer. “It’s a hard fight to, you know, maintain sobriety that way.”
Brown maybe drug-free as he claims, but he still apparently struggling with alcoholism and after receiving a DUI in March, he is expected to be entering a 90-day alcohol education course.
The full interview will air in two parts on NBC both on Wednesday and Thursday.