Bobby Brown Made Cocaine Fried Chicken At Age 10

By McCarton Ackerman 06/17/16

In his new book, Brown recounts the events that led to a truly bizarre childhood meal. 

Bobby Brown Made Cocaine Fried Chicken At Age 10

Bobby Brown has long been open about his history of drug use, but tells a morbidly funny story in new his memoir about his first time using cocaine at the tender age of 10—but it isn't what you think.

In his book Every Little Step, the New Edition singer said he found a bag in the freezer containing what he thought was flour. His mother had taught him to make fried chicken, so he coated the chicken in the white powder, which turned out to be the cocaine his mother sold to support the family. She was initially pleased that her young son had made dinner, but was horrified after discovering what happened.

“I didn’t realize the strangely pungent smell emanating from the pan,” he wrote in a clip from the memoir, obtained by Complex. “After I had taken a few bites and feeling weirder with each bite, my mother walked in … With horror, she realized what I had done. I fried chicken in her cocaine—a radical new addition to the family’s culinary offerings. Cocaine chicken.” Brown said his mother never explained what had happened, but he eventually figured it out months later.

In the new memoir, Brown also wrote about the tragic deaths of his ex-wife Whitney Houston and their daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown. Speaking with Robin Roberts earlier this month in an exclusive 20/20 interview, he continued to deny that he was the one who got Houston into drugs. Bobby even said that his late wife did cocaine on their wedding day because she was “nervous,” even offering him a line that he turned down.

“The drugs wasn’t her. 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,” said Brown. “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.”

Whitney’s older brother, Michael Houston, came forward in 2013 to admit that he was the one who introduced his sister to cocaine in the ‘80s. Speaking in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, he explained that “at the time, the '80s, it was acceptable … In the entertainment industry it was just available. It wasn’t a bad word like it is now. We didn’t know.”

Bobby tearfully admitted at the end of the 20/20 interview that he still loved Whitney and always would. He told Roberts, “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."

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.