This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.
What finally got Bobby Brown
clean and sober? The fear of getting thrown back in jail.
“Jail got me to stop taking drugs. I never wanted to go back to jail. I didn’t want to be incarcerated ever, ever again,” the singer, 47, says in a new interview on The Dr. Oz Show, airing Thursday.
In 2013, Brown served nine hours of his 56-day jail sentence after he plead no contest
to driving under the influence of alcohol. He also spent two days in jail
for a 60-day sentence in 2004.
“I didn’t want my kids to grow up and see me in that type of light. I’ve always been one to want to grow, to want to be better and better on the next day,” he added. “My children mean everything to me. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them, so I try to be as strong as possible for them every day.”
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Brown, who welcomed his seventh child — his third with wife Alicia Etheredge-Brown
— earlier this year, also opens up more about how he’s holding up after losing Bobbi Kristina
, his daughter with the late Whitney Houston
“I’m doing great. Of course, on an everyday basis I still think about her and I still go through it,” he says. “But I think I’m a lot more comfortable with knowing that she’s in a better place … she’s not in pain anymore, and I’m just grateful for that.”
Watch the clip here