Whitney Houston remains one of the powerful voices ever produced in the music industry. While the icon had an unmatchable voice, and nearly no one to contend with, she suffered a great deal in her marriage.
Whitney Houston possessed an out-of-this-world talent. During her reign, she established a lot of records, sold millions of records globally, becoming the most awarded musician in history.
The singer was also gifted with the ability to bring to life her character on TV. She appeared in “The Bodyguard,” a film that gained millions of dollars, and had a best-selling soundtrack.
When Houston was away from the spotlight, the glory, and praises, she faced something hurtful, that filled her with sadness, and an uncontrollable pain — her romance with singer Bobby Brown.
The superstar lived mostly in agony, denial, unwilling to accept her reality, and eventually drowned in substance abuse and alcohol, which ultimately led to her untimely demise at a young age.
MARRIAGE TO BOBBY BROWN
Whitney and Bobby Brown were the Romeo and Juliet of their time, although seemingly in love, it looked like their undoing. The pair met when their careers were at their peak in the 1980s. They later got married in 1992, it was the talk of the town, but also a tumultuous relationship.
In 2003, she phoned 911, to file a report that her husband had been physically abusive, which led to some injuries on her cheeks and upper lips. But she did not press charges, Brown denied the allegations and was never convicted.
The duo made up, continued their marriage, but soon fell apart. Several stories were written describing their marriage, but they kept mute until years later when an unmarried Whitney Houston shared her version of what transpired between her and Brown.
While speaking to media mogul Oprah Winfrey the iconic singer revealed that she was deeply in love with the man of her dreams and it was reciprocated until in the early 1990s.
This was after she featured on the hit film “The Bodyguard,” and made an all-time album. Houston was widely accepted and recognized, but according to her, Brown felt jealous and their relationship went sour.
The “Bodyguard” star confessed that she tried to be a good wife, showing support by featuring on her husband’s reality TV show titled “Being Bobby Brown” but lost herself in the process. According to her:
“I wasn’t happy with the marriage…I was losing me into that by trying to be pleasing.”
She added that Brown was abusive emotionally but never physically. The only time he slapped her, Houston admitted that she whacked his head.
However, throughout their marriage, he influenced her to engage in substance abuse — marijuana and cocaine, but she never drank as much as he did, he was an alcoholic.
While his behaviors rubbed off on Houston, she continued to project a loving marriage and tried so hard to prove the naysayers wrong, those who predicted that their union was a disaster.
In one instance, he spat on her, and she got physical, leaving him sprawled on the floor with blood. This was an incident their young daughter witnessed and this was when it appeared that it was over in 2007.
In the end, through all the challenges, including moving around with women, using her credit card, Houston decided that it was time to leave, and she made moves to separate from him.
Houston died in 2012, at age 48, their daughter Kristina Brown, passed away from a drug overdose, but Bobby Brown is now happily married with kids.
A few years after the death of his ex-wife, he decided to share his story in his memoir, “Every Little Step.” Brown admitted to hitting Houston but added that it was to maintain sobriety and that he was never a wife beater.
He also added that while they did drugs together, they kept their daughter as far away as possible but it did not seem to work. Towards the end of their union, they struggled to stay clean, but it ended up affecting their daughter’s life.
Brown seems to have changed and revealed that they could have done better as parents. He is now sober, living a life of selflessness, by helping his community and the needy.