Bobby Brown Denies Getting Whitney Into Drugs

By Valerie Tejeda 05/02/12

Houston's ex-husband tells Today he still loves the late singer, and denies responsibility for her problems.

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In Bobby Brown's first interview since Whitney Houston’s death—airing Wednesday and Thursday on Today—the R&B singer denies responsibility for his former wife's drug problem. Brown recalls having dinner with Houston and their daughter Bobbi Kristina, the week before the singer's death. "She had this glow about her that was just, you know, incredible,” he says. He assumed that "she must be doing really well, because she looked really well...She just looked like she was in a good place." When interviewer Matt Lauer asks how he felt about the cocaine that was discovered near Whitney Houston's body, Brown replies: "I was hurt… because me being off of narcotics for the last seven years, I didn't know she was struggling with it still. But at the same time...It's a hard fight to...maintain sobriety that way." He says he's saddened that people believe he was a bad influence on his ex, claiming that she was doing drugs "way before" they got together. In fact, he says, "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." After all they went through, Brown still says: "I love that woman with everything that I am. And I believe she loved me the same way. We wouldn't have been able to make the most beautiful girl in the world without love. And that's the truth."

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