Bobby Brown Says Reality Show Helped Him Fight Addiction

Bobby Brown Says Reality Show Helped Him Fight Addiction

"Being Bobby Brown" helped end his battle with drugs.

Published April 5, 2011

When it comes down to what finally got Bobby Brown to make a full-fledged effort to fight off his long-standing drug addiction, Brown says it was his reality show, Being Bobby Brown, that gave him the push he needed.

Speaking with People magazine, Brown said, "[The TV show] was partly why I got clean. I saw exactly what I didn't want to see about myself." The addiction was so strong that Brown admitted, "All the things I've done and been through, I never thought I'd reach 40."

The man his ex-wife, Whitney Houston, once proclaimed to be “The King of R&B” has been drug free for six years. On a recent appearance on The Wendy Williams Show, Brown says he still has the occasional drink. Though he said he was a "vodka guy," he did say he was trying to break away from alcohol, too.

In order to beat drug addiction, he told People, he had to reflect on what initially pushed him to substance abuse: "I did drugs because I was lonely and thought no one cared for me. I take full responsibility for everything I've done. I'm just grateful to be where I am now."

He’s currently married to Alicia Etheridge and the two have a baby boy, Cassius.

Brown says he’s determined to make up for the mistakes he made with his other four children.

He said, "When I used to get high, I wasn't there for my older kids. I always had a drink in my hand or disappeared.... I'm a better person, so now I can be a better partner and father.”


(Photo:  Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Written by Michael Arceneaux


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