‘Today’: Bobby Brown Says He Isn’t to Blame for Whitney Houston’s Death

by | May 2, 2012 at 8:52 AM | The Today Show

Matt Lauer Interviews Bobby Brown on 'Today' (Photo: NBC)

Bobby Brown is speaking out on the shocking death of his ex-wife Whitney Houston, who died in February in a hotel bathtub at age 48.

In his first interview since her death, Brown opened up Wednesday to Matt Lauer on “Today” about the last time he saw Houston, how he found out she had died, why he gets blamed for her drug addiction and his relationship with their troubled daughter Bobbi Kristina.

“It makes me feel terrible,” Brown says of the accusations that he got Whitney hooked on drugs. In fact, he claims the reverse is actually true. “I didn’t get high before I met Whitney,” Brown says. Although he admits he smoked “weed” and drank alcohol, Brown says Houston’s drug use began “way before” they met. “No, I wasn’t the one that got Whitney on drugs at all.”

“It’s just unexplainable,” he adds, “[to say that I] got her addicted to drugs. I’m not the reason she’s gone.”

Bobby Brown: “I Could Have Done Something Different”

The singer also reveals that their trainwreck of a reality show, “Being Bobby Brown,” was “a wakeup” call for the couple. “We was able to see that our drug use had affected our relationship,” Brown says, “and had affected the love that we felt for each other.”

Brown, 43, says he is now “very much clean and sober from narcotics.”

Part 2 of “Today’s” interview with Bobby Brown airs Thursday.