We knew that the Whitney biopic that was directed by Angela Bassett and aired last weekend on LifeTime would be centered around a certain part of Whitney Houston’s life and more specifically, her relationship with Bobby Brown, but sheesh. The film followed the lives of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown EQUALLY and probably should have been titled “Whitney and Bobby” instead.
Although I didn’t dislike the film, there were definitely moments where I felt Whitney was painted as a crazy woman and Bobby the more sane one. My opinion on the film doesn’t go much further than that. However, the interview that aired after the film was more telling of the reality of Whitney and Bobby’s relationship than the film in my opinion. Shaun Robinson sat down for an intimate discussion with Bobby Brown about his time with Whitney and he made it very clear that they BOTH indulged in drugs. He never once threw her under the bus and continued to profess his love for her. He even addressed the notion that he was jealous of Whitney’s success (something that the film seemed to insinuate). Check out a few excerpts from the interview below.
On Whitney’s Drug Use
It’s not like- she didn’t use like everybody wants to think she used. It was side. It wasn’t like “all day.” It wasn’t that. When she did- it wasn’t in excess. That didn’t come until later on in our marriage. It wasn’t about me being surprised, it was just about, you know, just don’t abuse it.
On Him Being Jealous of Whitney’s Success
Never. I’ve been in groups. I’ve been solo. I’ve done things with others that are way more talented than I am and I have no problems with it because all I could do is learn from somebody greater than myself.
When the Drug Use Got REALLY Bad
It was after ‘The Preachers Wife’ that things started to get really bad … the coke was too much for me, I couldn’t really sleep, so that’s when I started using heroine, and that’s when it really got bad. We were both caught up in it. We had people bringing it to us, and it was just high all the time. It seemed like it was a daily routine. It became daily. It just started destroying us, as far as our passion for each other, our passion for life.
On the Demise of Their Family
It all started falling apart.We were both caught up in it. We had people bringing it to us. Just high all the time. It just seemed like a daily routine. It just started really destroying us as far as our passion for each other and our passion for life that’s what it started destroying and still trying to take care of our daughter as much as we possibly could.
On Infidelity the Marriage
Both of us cheated on each other, you know, period. So that’s hard to swallow for both of us. I just think when two people that love each other as much as we loved each other when they start drifting apart, different people come into the situation, into the scenario, and we make mistakes. People make mistakes, we’re human.
On Being Pegged the “Bad Guy”
I don’t think it’s ‘How much more can I say’ to make anybody believe me. I know the role I played in Whitney’s life and it’s not the role everybody thinks I played. It’s not fair but I was her husband. I =guess some people would think I could’ve done something and I did as much as I could do for the time we were together. She was my heart. That was my girl. And if there is anything more that I could’ve done, trust me, I would’ve done it.
On Getting to Sober to Help Whitney
I stayed sober, to try and help her. I went and did what I had to do for myself in order to be good enough to help her out. Maybe that wasn’t enough, but it’s enough for me, so I’m not really worried about what anyone else thinks.
Watch the full interview courtesy of Straight From the below.