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Bobby Brown is not going to take the blame for the tragic passing of music icon Whitney Houston. In his first interview since the death of his ex-wife in February, Brown talks with Matt Lauer of the TODAY Show, about his image in the media, his relationship with daughter Bobby Kristina Brown and why he's not to blame for Whitney's death.
As he has done in the past, prior to Whitney's death, Brown maintains that he never did any hard drugs before meeting Whitney, although it had previously been a part of her life.
"I didn't get high [on narcotics] before I met Whitney," Brown said. "I smoked weed, I drank the beer, but no, I wasn't the one that got Whitney on drugs at all… It's just… it's just unexplainable how one could, you know, [say that I] got her addicted to drugs. I'm not the reason she's gone," Brown said.
Bobby goes on to talk about how the accusations that her death was his fault, makes him feel.
"It makes me feel terrible," said Brown. "But you know, I know differently. 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."
In the interview, which will air on Wednesday, Bobby speaks of his last encounter with his wife to whom he was married to for fifteen years.
"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."
However, he shared his disappointment with the revelation that cocaine was to blame for her death.
"I was hurt. I was hurt… because, you know, me being off 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."
During the segment, Brown's children get the opportunity to speak on their father's behalf and they say that the media has their father's image all wrong.
"I honestly feel like my dad's a great person," said his daughter La'Princia. "He's been my best friend, like, my whole life. If I ever have a problem with anything, I know I can always go to him. Likewise, if he ever needs to talk to somebody, he knows he can always call me and I'll be there for him."
The singer's son Landon says that people confuse his stage persona with the real man.
"I feel like my father's always had the bad boy image. So, you know, they just keep followin' that. Anything that they can take a negative from the situation."
Brown, who was charged with a DUI in March and recently struck a plea deal in the case, also maintains that he is "very much clean and sober from narcotics."
The two part interview is set to air May 2 and May 3.
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