In a candid sit down interview set to air this coming Wednesday Brown said when he last saw Houston she looked good. She “had a 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.”
Brown revealed that he had no idea that Houston was still battling drug addiction. Her autopsy report indicated that she died with cocaine in her system and was found face down in the bathroom with a bloody purge coming from nose. “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 went on to say that he thinks drugs ultimately took Whitney’s life on February 11. “One hit, you know… it could definitely take your life away from you. And, unfortunately, that was it.”
The conversation turned a bit personal and Lauer reminded Brown how often people say he contributed to Houston’s downfall. “It makes me feel terrible,” said Brown who also left Houston’s funeral before it got under way. “But you know, I know differently. I think if anyone ever knew us, if anybody ever spent time around us instead of time looking through the bubble, they would know how we felt about each other. They would know how happy we were together.”
And for the drugs, Brown maintains he never introduced cocaine and other drugs to Houston. He claims she was doing them “way before” they met. “I didn’t get high [on narcotics] before I met Whitney,” said Brown. “I smoked weed, I drank 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.”
Watch the entire interview Wednesday on Today, and on Thursday, tune in to see Matt Lauer talk with Brown’s entire family including his fiance Alicia Etheridge.