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Bobby Brown didn't introduce Whitney Houston to drugs, he says

April 30, 2012|By Christie D'Zurilla
  • Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston together in November 1999. He says now that he didn't get her started using drugs.
Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston together in November 1999. He says now that… (Joel Saget / AFP / Getty Images )

Who got Whitney Houston started using drugs? Bobby Brown says it wasn’t him, thank you very much.

Houston's drug use started "way before" he entered the picture, he told Matt Lauer in an interview that will air this week on the “Today” show.

"I didn't get high [on narcotics] before I met Whitney," Brown said. "I smoked weed, I drank the beer, but no, I wasn't the one that got Whitney on drugs at all."

He said that watching the reality show they did together in 2005, “Being Bobby Brown,” was enlightening.  “We was able to see that our drug use had affected our relationship, had affected the love that we felt for each other." The couple, who got together at the start of the '90s, split in 2006 and finalized their divorce in 2007.

Brown, who last week pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor DUI charge stemming from a daytime arrest in March, is "very much clean and sober from narcotics," he said. He reportedly gave up cocaine and heroin.

“I'm not the reason she's gone," he added, saying his guess was that it was one bad day with cocaine that killed her, not her body wearing out after years of using the drug.

"It had to be that one, because that's all it takes," Brown said. "One hit, you know ... it could definitely take your life away from you. And, unfortunately, that was it."

This from a guy who claims to have already died three times from drugs, though he was resuscitated each time, according an autobiography he self-published in 2008.

The interview is scheduled to air in two parts, Wednesday and Thursday on “Today.”

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