In his first interview since Whitney Houston’s death, Bobby Brown dispels the longstanding rumor that he introduced her to drugs.
“I’m not the reason she’s gone,” he said of his ex-wife in the new interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer, which airs on TODAY on Wednesday and Thursday. “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.”
He also says he’s “hurt” by the news that cocaine played a factor in her death. “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,” he said.
Brown and Houston married on July 28, 1992, and welcomed their daughter Bobbi Kristina in 1993. After years of negative press and personal turmoil, they filed for divorce in 2006.
Whitney Houston’s death was officially ruled an accidental drowning last month. The global superstar died the day before the Grammy Awards at age 48.
Due to “personal scheduling conflicts,” John Legend will replace Lionel Richie on ABC’s summer singing competition, Duets, the network announced.
Legend will join Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles as a mentor on the show, which premieres May 24. The mentors will travel across America to find two singers each who will serve as their duet partners for the show. Each week, the mentor and one of their two duet partners will perform live in front of a studio audience. Former MTV VJ Quddus will host the competition.
John Legend is prepping the release of his forth studio album, expected later this year. He’s currently enjoying chart success with “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” featuring Ludacris, his contribution to the Think Like a Man soundtrack. The track reached a new peak of No. 33 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart last week.
Shortly after Beyoncé announced her pregnancy at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards last August, rumors of her using a fake baby bump and a surrogate ran rampant. Like most rumors involving the global superstar, the accusations have not died down, even after the birth of Blue Ivy Carter in January.
“That was crazy. It wasn’t hurtful, it was just crazy,” People’s “Most Beautiful Woman” told the magazine in an interview, saying: “Where did they come up with this?”
More fuel was added to the faux-bump rumors after video of her interview with the Australian talk show Sunday Night HD hit the web, where her stomach appeared to deflate as she sat down to speak with the host.
“Stupid, ridiculous and false,” her publicist said in a statement last October. “It was a fabric that folded – does fabric not fold? Oh my gosh, so stupid,” she said.
While the allegations didn’t seem to bother Beyoncé, her mom Tina Knowles took it personally.
“I thought it was very unfair and very cruel that someone would think that someone would be that diabolical to keep up a charade like that for nine months,” said the House of Dereon designer. “As a mother it was painful for me to hear the crazy rumors. And I even had people ask me, which was so ridiculous.”
Even with Beyoncé finally speaking out about the fake bump and surrogate rumors, the conspiracy theorists won’t rest until they’re giving video proof that Blue Ivy resided in the Holy Uterus and can examine the afterbirth. Meanwhile, B is gearing up for her three-night stint at Revel, Atlantic City’s newest resort, during Memorial Day weekend.
T.I. has landed a season-long arc on the second season of Starz’ Boss, the critically acclaimed drama series, starring Kelsey Grammar.