Bobby Brown: I Did Not Get Whitney Houston Hooked on Drugs (VIDEO)
Following the untimely death of Whitney Houston, her ex-husband Bobby Brown is setting the record straight in his first interview since her passing on Feb. 11. Opening up about the singer's addiction struggles, Brown says he never used hard drugs before meeting Houston, and doesn't believe he is the one who got the music legend hooked on drugs.
"I worried about it when we first got together until I tried it," he said in a exclusive TODAY interview, claiming that Whitney had used drugs before they were involved. "And when I tried it, for some reason, I have an addictive personality."
So how did Bobby react when he heard about Whitney's death?
"I was hurt ... because being off of narcotics for the last seven years ... I didn't know she was struggling with it still. But listen, it's a hard fight. It's a hard fight to maintain sobriety that way."
Looking back on their time together, Bobby still misses her fiercely.
"Our relationship was great," he said. "I had 14 beautiful, beautiful years with that woman." And it's not just his revisionist history, he insisted, "I can honestly say that -- I love that woman with -- with everything that I am. And I believe she loved me the same way."
Houston and Brown, who says he's now "very much clean and sober from narcotics," were married for 14 years. Their daughter, Bobbi Kristina, is now 19.