Looks like Bobby Brown is off the hook this time.
Whitney Houston’ brother Michael confessed to Oprah that he is the one responsible for the late singer’s crack addiction, and not Brown as so many thought. Her brother, who many called Whitney’s “twin,” lives with tremendous guilt about influencing the singer’s drug use and, as a result, making her death come that much sooner. Houston passed last February due to an overdose– Xanax, cocaine and marijuana were in her system at the time.
The one-year anniversary of Whitney’s death is approaching, and it appears that time has not helped to heal the Houston family’s wounds. “I’m living, but I’m not alive,” Michael said of the past year. He said that, being brother and sister, they did everything together. They played together, he taught her to drive, and he introduced her to the world of drugs.
Michael places part of the blame on the time in which these events transpired. “It wasn’t a bad word like it is now,” he said. “We just didn’t know.” She was already famous by the time he introduced her to drugs, he said, and they were touring at the time. He admitted that she was already doing drugs before she met Bobby Brown, who usually catches the blame in this tale. This could help soften the oft-vilified performer’s reputation, but he did some other pretty despicable things that will probably keep his name down in the dirt.
Whitney and Michael’s mother, Cissy Houston, sat next to Michael during the interview with a hand on his knee as if to comfort him. She wrote in her book, “Remembering Whitney,” that “[she] was shocked, and hurt and confused.” She added, “I didn’t understand it then, and I still don’t.” The heartbreak of these two is tangible on the screen, and it makes what could easily be a sensationalist tabloid piece into something that feels much more real.