Bobby Brown Talks Sobriety, Jail and Bobbi Kristina With Dr. Oz

By Britni de la Cretaz 11/07/16

"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."

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Bobby Brown Talks Sobriety, Jail and Bobbi Kristina With Dr. Oz
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After years of alcohol and drug abuse, Bobby Brown says he is finally sober.

The New Edition singer recently released his memoir, Every Little Step, in which he talks about his life, including his struggles with addiction. During an appearance on The Dr. Oz Show, Brown told Dr. Oz that it wasn’t having a stroke that helped him get sober, but going to jail.

"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," he said. Brown was arrested for drunk driving in 2013 and sentenced to 55 days in jail. Though he only served nine hours of his sentence, he said it was enough to convince him to turn his life around.

It was not the first time he’d been incarcerated, but he hopes it will be the last. In 2000, Brown spent 26 days in a Florida jail related to a 1996 drunk driving charge, and in 2003 he was sentenced to eight days in jail after pleading guilty to the same drunk driving charge. 

Brown’s substance use was well-known, and he has a history of using crack cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, among other things. In 2012, he spent time in rehab. Brown cites parenthood as a motivator for changing his behavior as well, as he recently welcomed his seventh child with his third wife, Alicia Etheredge-Brown.

According to ABC News, he said, "I didn’t want my kids to grow up and see me in that type of light. 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.” Brown continued, “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."

Just over a year ago, Brown’s daughter Bobbi Kristina died from a lethal combination of drugs and water immersion after being found face down in a bathtub, similarly to how her mother, Whitney Houston, died. Bobbi Kristina’s fiancé, Nick Gordon, was recently found legally responsible for her death in court. Bobby Brown feels Gordon should be in prison, according to his interview on Dr. Oz.

Regarding Bobbi Kristina’s death, Brown told Dr. Oz, “Of course, on an everyday basis, I still think about her and I still go through it. 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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Britni de la Cretaz is a freelance writer, baseball enthusiast, and recovered alcoholic living in Boston. Follow her on Twitter at @britnidlc.

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