It’s unimaginable to lose one family member–let alone two within a three year time span.
Unfortunately, that’s the story for ‘New Edition’ front man Bobby Brown, who lost ‘The Voice,’ Whitney Houston and their 22-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina in hauntingly similar tragic incidents one after the other.
Now the husband and father is willing to tell-all in the wake of the release of his autobiography “Every Little Step I Take.”
He details to Robin Roberts in a 20/20 exclusive, how he literally bumped into Whitney Houston at the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards.
“She kept bumping into me, and when I asked her why she said ‘Because I want to,’ and that little attitude–is where it started ” he gushed.
Before the couple could even walk down the aisle, Bobby said he found his bride to be hunched over doing a line of coke.
“She wasn’t that. The drugs weren’t her. She did drugs, but drugs didn’t do her,” he explained.
“It only made me love her and want to protect her more.”
Regarding the allegations that his bad boy antics led Whitney to heavy drug use, he said “It wasn’t me. I take my part, and I take it hard for me even being a part of it.”
Bobby said they would lock themselves in one part of the house getting high, while Bobbi Kristina was being cared for by Nannies.
Perhaps this parental behavior planted seeds for unhealthy behavior in Bobbi Kristina later on.
Bobby credits his sobriety to his in and out of jail stints and explains that Whitney’s continued drug use led to their final split.
Years later, Bobby Brown was on tour in Mississippi and Whitney was in Los Angeles when she was discovered submerged in a bathtub in her hotel room.
In retrospect, Bobby Brown connects Whitney’s death to Bobbi Kristina’s death by one common denominator–(whose name he wouldn’t mention) Nick Gordon.
Bobby explains that the relationship with his daughter became strained when he married longtime friend Alicia Etheredge.
Reports of alleged drug use emerged, and her vulnerable position gave Nick Gordon a perfect entry point. Shortly after the two announced they were “married,” Bobbi Kristina reached out to her father, and the two were able to reunite Father’s Day of 2014.
Their relationship grew so much that Bobbi was set to move to Los Angeles to be with her father. But the reunion never happened.
Bobbi Kristina passed away on July 26th, 2015.
“I told her to let go. It’s okay. You can go be with your mom. The hardest thing I ever had to do in my life was to tell my daughter to let go.” he cried.
“I would’ve went and got her, instead of waiting for her to come out,” he grieved, explaining the two were set to link up out West.
“If I could get those two days back, my daughter would be here. All I want are those two days back.”
The entire case is still tied up in litigation, with a $10 million dollar lawsuit still ongoing against Nick Gordon.
One things for sure, no sum of money will ever make up for the grief and pain Bobby Brown carries with him everyday.
He tells Roberts he never has visited the double grave, “They aren’t there.” he explains.
The two live on in the hearts of their fans, and memories of the ones who loved them dearly.