May 1, 2012 15:57
Bobby Brown: 'I'm not the one who got Whitney Houston into drugs'
Singer's ex-husband says he wasn't responsible for her death
Whitney Houston's ex-husband Bobby Brown has hit back at claims that he was responsible for the late singer's drug addiction.
"I'm not the one that got Whitney on drugs, at all," Brown said in an interview to be aired this week on the 'Today' show on US television network NBC, Reuters reports. He added: "I'm not the reason she's gone".
Whitney Houston died on February 11 at the age of 48, after she was discovered underwater and unconscious in a bath in a hotel in Beverly Hills. On March 22 a coroner revealed the cause of death as drowning combined with heart disease and cocaine use.
The singer had spoken publicly about her battle with cocaine, marijuana and crack addiction during her 15-year marriage to Brown. The couple divorced in 2007 but members of Houston's family have blamed Brown for her death.
In his first TV interview since Houston died Brown said he stopped using drugs seven years ago and was upset to hear about Houston's continuing addiction. He said:
I was hurt ... because, you know, me being off of narcotics for the last seven years - I felt that she was, you know, I didn't know she was struggling with it still. But at the same time, you know - listen, it's a hard fight
Brown turned up for Houston's funeral in New Jersey but left before the service started saying he felt unwanted and disrespected.
Earlier this month it was reported that Houston and Brown's daughter Bobbi Kristina is apparently keen to play her late mother in a film of her life. She was reported to have told friends that she feels she is the best person to do her mother's story justice following reports that Rihanna had expressed an interest in taking on the role.
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