Since Whitney Houston’s death, her ex-husband Bobby Brown has been targeted as a huge influence on her drug-addiction, which ultimately led to her death at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 11, 2012.
Brown recently sat down with TODAY’s Matt Lauer in the first interview he has given since Houston’s death. In the interview, set to air on Wednesday, Brown states, “I’m not the reason she’s gone.”
Brown tells Lauer that he had dinner with the 48-year old singer, as well as their daughter Bobbi Kristina, about a week before Houston’s death. He told Lauer that Whitney, “had this glow about her that was just, you know, incredible. I’m saying to myself, you know, ‘She must be … she must be doing really well,’ because she looked really well.”
This demeanor made Brown even more shocked to learn of her death. He went on to say:
“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. It’s a hard fight to, you know, maintain sobriety that way.”
Brown also states of his, and Whitney Houston’s drug addiction that:
“From what I feel and you know, how I saw her, the last time I saw her, it had to be that particular day. You know, it had to be that one, because that’s all it takes … One hit, you know, and you know, it could definitely take your life away from you. And, unfortunately, that was it.”
Also, Bobby Brown informed Matt Lauer that he was setting the record straight about Whitney’s drug addition. He has long been thought of as the cause for the late-singer’s introduction to drugs, but he stated in the interview that:
“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.”
Bobby Brown also remembered his relationship with Whitney Houston by saying:
“I think if anyone ever knew us, if anybody ever spent time around us instead of time lookin’ through the bubble, they would know how we felt about each other. They would know how happy we were together.”
Check out an interview here with Whitney Houston and Diane Sawyer about her drug addiction.