How Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston Fell in Love
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It all began at the 1989 Soul Train Awards for Bobby and Whitney.

In a special edition of 20/20, which aired Tuesday night, ABC’s Robin Roberts interviews award-winning R&B singer Bobby Brown for an exclusive look into the infamous marriage of Bobby and Whitney. In speaking to Roberts, Brown dishes the good, the bad and the tragic tale of his marriage to the late icon, starting from when they first fell in love.

“She was bumping into me at Soul Train,” Brown reveals. “I was like, ‘You keep bumpin’ into me.’ And I kept [telling her]. And I [told her] like two or three times, and she kept bumping me,” recalls Brown. “And finally I asked her why, and she was like, ‘Because I want to.’”

Bobby Brown Speaks Candidly in Special Robin Roberts ’20/20′ Interview


“And that attitude, that whole thing right there… that’s the way it started,” said Brown. “I was deeply in love with her,” said Brown, recalling their wedding day. “For the rest of my life I think I will have the feeling towards her because she was that one person that knew me, that one person that had no judgment.”

Brown goes on to detail his and Houston’s drug addiction. It was on their wedding day that Brown first witnessed Whitney do hard drugs. Breaking tradition, he had gone to see her before the ceremony. Brown says Houston offered him a hit of cocaine.

“She did drugs, but drugs didn’t do her,” claims Brown. “She knew how to handle herself. It only made me, you know, love and want to protect her more at the time.”

Brown said he was not responsible for Houston’s drug use but admits to and takes fault for being part of it. Brown said he continues to battle his self-admitted problem with alcohol, but no longer does drugs.

Brown’s new book, Every Little Step, will be out in stores June 13.

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