Bobby Brown Discusses Bobbi Kristina's Drug Use, Death In 20/20 Interview

By McCarton Ackerman 06/08/16

“She did drugs, but drugs didn’t do her. She knew how to handle herself. It only made me love and want to protect her more.”

Bobby Brown Opens Up About Bobbi Kristina's Drug Use, Death In 20/20 Interview
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Bobby Brown gave an emotionally charged interview on 20/20 that aired Tuesday night, speaking publicly for the first time about the drug-related deaths of wife Whitney Houston and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Brown did the interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts in part to promote his memoir, Every Little Step, which will be released next week. He wrote in the book that the first time he saw Houston do cocaine was on their wedding day. Brown claimed she did it because she was “nervous” and that she even offered him a line, which he declined.

“The drugs wasn’t her,” said Brown. “She did drugs but drugs didn't do her. She knew how to handle herself. It only made me love and want to protect her more.”

The 47-year-old insisted that he and Houston never let Bobbi Kristina see them do drugs, which was “hard … when you’re doing it every day.” Brown broke down as he spoke of his daughter’s death in July 2015, saying that “the hardest thing I had to do in my life was tell my daughter to let go.”

However, he continues to deny that he was responsible for Houston’s involvement with drugs. “I take my part and I take it hard for me even being a part of it, but we all have our own minds and some of us are stronger than others,” Brown told Roberts. He echoed similar sentiments during a 2012 interview with Matt Lauer, where he said that Houston was a drug user before they ever met, and that he had never gotten high on narcotics before meeting her.

"I smoked weed, I drank the beer, but no, I wasn't the one that got Whitney on drugs at all," he said at the time. “I’m not the reason she’s gone … I think if anyone ever knew us, if anybody ever spent time around us instead of time looking through the bubble, they would know how we felt about each other. They would know how happy we were together."

The interview with Roberts ended on a palpably sad note, with Brown admitting that he is still deeply in love with Houston, four years after her death.

"For the rest of my life, I will have that feeling towards her,” he said, “because she was the one person that knew me—that one person who had no judgment."

Check out a clip of Bobby Brown and Robin Roberts talking about Bobbi Kristina below:

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