Whitney Houston's husband of 14 years and the presumed downfall of her career, Bobby "King of R&B" Brown, appeared on this morning's episode of Today in his first televised interview since her death. It was a pretty standard and fairly respectable recap of their tumultuous relationship, and he said nice things like, "God probably just needed her for the choir up there in heaven" in reference to her untimely passing.
Bobby has long been assumed to have turned Whitney onto drugs (she told Oprah Winfrey in 2009 that her drug of choice was marijuana rolled with cocaine), but he implied the opposite was true. "I didn't get high before I met Whitney, on narcotics. No. I smoked weed, I drinked [sic] beer, but no I wasn't the one that got Whitney on drugs at all," he told Matt Lauer. Lauer then asked, "So this was a part of her life before..." and Brown continued:
Way before me, yes. Way before me...I worried about it when we first got together until I tried it and when I tried it, for some reason I have an addictive personality. It's just unexplainable.
It's an interesting reimagining of a relationship that was there for the consuming (Brown said that their ridiculous 2005 reality show on Bravo, Being Bobby Brown, let them see for themselves the toll that drugs had taken on their relationship). You can't blame other people for someone's addiction and this is kind of beside the point anyway. The most tragic thing is not where Houston started on drugs, but where she ended.