R&B star Bobby Brown gave his first interview since the tragic death of his ex-wife Whitney Houston at the age of 48. Sitting down with TODAY’s Matt Lauer, Brown addressed recent reports that drugs may be an issue for his and Houston's 19-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
Brown, 43, was charged with a DUI last month in Los Angeles but says he is “seven years clean from narcotics.” He denies that he has a problem. Lauer then questions him about incidents where his daughter has been seen smoking marijuana, along with rumors of more serious drug use, which are especially concerning given her mother’s struggles with addiction. Cocaine and marijuana were found in Houston’s system after her death.
"I will always be worried about that,” Brown responded with a somber expression, looking like any concerned parent. However, he insists it’s not a real concern at the moment.
"I know what she is actually doing," Brown said. "I think people are, you know, making assumptions of what my daughter is and how strong she is. People tend to want to control strong-willed people. And that's what I see.”
When Lauer presses the issue, Brown insists, “I am her father. She talks to me about everything."
As for Bobbi Kristina’s dating life, Brown says, “She’s a young lady. I would expect her to have a boyfriend."
Lauer asks, “But is that boyfriend her adopted brother?”
Recent controversy surrounds the question of whether or not Bobbi Kristina is dating her adopted brother, Nick Gordon, 22, who lived with her and Houston for the last 10 years.
“I don’t know about that. I don’t think so,” Brown responds. “She would definitely tell me – I’m positive!” he adds with a laugh. “I have nothing against Nick.”
Brown has four other children besides Bobbi Kristina. Three of them joined him in the interview to set the record straight about his decision to walk out of Houston's funeral rather than be separated from what was reported at the time as his "entourage”.
"We were the entourage," explained daughter LaPrincia Brown.
"They sat us and you know, I saw someone talk to my dad," his son, Landon said. "But I didn't know what they were saying -- until he tapped me and said, 'Let's go.'"
"I decided that, you know, it'd be best if I just left," Brown concluded. "I kissed the casket, and me and my children left the building."
Brown’s children rally around him once again in the interview, insisting that his bad-boy image is just part of a “performance”. Well, if that’s true, that leaves us waiting for the next act.