It’s Bobby Brown’s prerogative to throw some dirt in his original A&E biography — and he delivers.
The first leg of the two-night event took place on Monday and was full of juicy treats about the singer’s decades in the spotlight. The singer gave his unfiltered views on his rise to stardom, getting kicked out of New Edition after clashing with his bandmates over his stage-stealing antics, then going on his own in as a solo performer in Biography: Bobby Brown. The performer known for his Gumby lived an excessive lifestyle at the height of fame, losing $1 million a day just because, and that included having an out of control sex life with him admitting he was a sex addict. Brown also detailed romances with Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson, and a fling with Madonna.
Despite the ending, Brown and Houston had a full-fledged romance, which began at the 1989 Soul Train Awards. He remembers feeling good that night, being recognized for the first time for his solo career and then going backstage to get punched by the songbird nicknamed “The Voice.”
“I remember that night like it was yesterday,” Brown said. Not only did it take home R&B/Urban Contemporary Album of the Year – Male, but “it’s also when I fell in love.”
After performing “My Prerogative” and going backstage, “Whitney walked up and shoved me. She kept shoving me around,” he recalled. “I turned around and said, ‘You know you keep hitting me.’ She said, ‘I know.'”
“From there it was just love at first sight,” he continued. “Something in his eyes made me melt inside. I said, ‘If I ask you out on a date, would you say yes?’ She said, ‘Of course.'”
Wasting no time, the next day they had their first date. It started with shopping in Beverly Hills, dinner at the Ivy, and then “we just chilled out for the rest of the evening.” But the bad boy got hit. “The way she looked at me from the first day to the last we were together was always special.”
As the doc’s second night tackles the couple’s sex, drugs and ultimate burnout as well as the tragic death of their only child, Bobbi Kristina, Brown opened up about her affection for Houston on the documentary’s first night. He also talked about the “crush of my life”, Jackson.
“I had a crush on Janet,” who he dated before Houston. “What was it about Janet? Everything. Her little smile. Her body. Her dance moves. Her little laugh.”
And while they “loved each other,” they “didn’t have as long of a relationship.” The reason Janet and I broke up is because she couldn’t be with a man like me. her dad “and manager Joe Jackson,” wouldn’t allow her to be with someone like me. Janet was the crush of my life, but I was about to meet the love of my life,” Houston.
He also talked about a fling with Madonna. When asked if he had slept with the Material Girl, he replied, “We haven’t slept.”
Now 53, remarried to Alicia Etheredge and a father of seven children (five living), Brown has spoken at length about becoming a sex symbol, aged just 15, and the wild times with women that followed. He laughed off his crazy sex capades, having several groupies in different hotel rooms at the same time as well as a wild night with Mike Tyson and two dozen women. He also spoke about his stage arrest for obscenity in 1989 – because simulating sex on stage with members of the public was part of his show in the don’t be cruel time. However, he also acknowledged that his addictions went beyond drugs and alcohol.
“I think I was a sex addict,” Brown admitted.
Looking back, “I would really like some advice when it came to sex. I didn’t have anyone there to teach me. My dad definitely wasn’t going to teach me. My mom wasn’t going to teach me. ‘learn. My brother was too busy in his sex life to teach me. So I had to learn from all the older cats… I just wish, you know, I would have been a lot safer. “
The doc also examined Brown’s early years in poverty from the Orchard Park projects in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and started drinking when he was 7 or 8 years old. He saw his best friend being stabbed to death. His mother, a teacher, was arrested and subjected to police brutality, leading Brown to be evicted from his home by social services. While under state protection, he was assaulted by a priest.
“Wow, I didn’t think I was going to bring this up,” he admitted detailing the breach.
And that was the vibe of the first two parts of the documentary, which also touches on the heartbreaking deaths of her children Bobbi Kristina and her son Bobby Jr.
“My life has not been easy,” he admitted. “I’m just trying to find ways to deal with the loss of so many people in my life.”
Parts three and four air Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on A&E. Brown’s new docu-series, Bobby Brown: Every Baby Stepdebuts after the doc with new episodes then airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. starting June 7.