Bobby Brown blames reckless lifestyle on childhood traumas

American singer, songwriter and dancer Bobby Brown will be opening up about his childhood traumas in a documentary about his life on the A&E network.

The two-part series titled Biography: Bobby Brown will see the controversial musician sharing about his relationship with late R&B singer Whitney Houston, his drug abuse, being molested, and his romances with singers Madonna and Janet Jackson.

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According to Fox News, in the documentary, Brown claims he was a “sex addict”, boasting about his fling with Madonna.

“Did I sleep with Madonna? We didn’t do any sleeping. That just happened. I don’t even know how it happened. I don’t believe she knows how it happened. She probably knows how it happened, but we didn’t do no sleeping, he says.

In his book Every Little Step, released in 2016, the former New Edition lead singer says he hooked up with the Take A Bow singer in 1989 in a recording studio bathroom.

Brown has been very vocal about his sexual escapades, many of which he needed to “get out of his system” before marrying Whitney Houston. One of them was with Janet Jackson – the pair also dated in the 1980s.

“I had a big crush on Janet.What was it about Janet? Everything. Her little smile, body, her dance moves, her little laugh. We loved each other’s company. We didn’t have that long of a relationship.,” he explains in the docuseries.

He also claims their relationship did not last because he was too “hood” for the That’s The Way Love Goes singer.

“But the reason me and Janet broke off was because she couldn’t be with a man like myself. I’m from the projects. I’m hood.“And her father wouldn’t allow her to be with someone like me. Janet was the crush of my life,” he explains.


The 53-year-old also opened up about being molested by a priest when lived in temporary custody after his mum was beaten and arrested.

“When my mother was arrested I was sent to temporary custody by social services which was supposed to be a religious place. It was not a nice place to be as a child. One of the priests tried to molest me.

“I ran away from there as quickly as possible. At that time I was a young boy I didn’t know what sexual boundaries were. I just knew I didn’t like being touched. Some things are hard to forget,” he shares.

He claims that those incidents affected his life going forward, especially in a rebellious way.

“I grew up fast. It wasn’t easy. I saw too much in my neighbourhood.”

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In 1989, the singer met “the love of his life”, Whitney, and married her three years later

“It was just, like, love at first sight. There was something about her eyes that made me melt,” he says.

The couple were unstoppable in the music industry as both of them were at the peak of their careers. However, this led to a lot of negativity, which mostly came from their drug addiction. It was also alleged that he physically abused her.

“I had a 57 magnum on me, cocaine in this pocket, crack in this, weed in this and I thought Whitney was trying to kill me. When you have money and you’re famous, drugs are part of the business. Alcohol is part of the business,” Brown says.

The couple divorced in 2007, and the songstress died in 2012 in a drug-related drowning in a hotel bath at the age of 48.

Their daughter Bobbi Kristina died, aged 22, three years later. The cause of death was reportedly a combination of drowning and drug intoxication. Brown also lost his son Bobby Brown Jr, to a drug overdose in 2020. His mother was a woman named Kim Ward.

Now, Brown is married to his manager Alicia Etheredge. They wed in 2012.

“I finally found happiness, something I thought drugs would do. Alicia has given me that.”

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