Bobby Brown spoke with Matt Lauer on NBC's Today show for the first time since his ex-wife Whitney Houston's drug-related death, in part to publicly respond to allegations that he was the indirect cause of her ultimately fatal habits.

HuffPost reports that Bobby was totally shocked to learn of Whitney's death, and that he "was hurt" when he heard various rumors, some from the disapproving Houston clan, that he was in part to blame.

In his defense, he said, "[with] me being off of narcotics for the last seven years...I didn’t know she was struggling with it still. But at the same time, you know...it's a hard fight." And later: "I didn't get high before I met Whitney ... I smoked weed, I drank the beer, but no, I wasn't the one that got Whitney on drugs at all ... I'm not the reason she's gone." Oh Bobby, just weed and beer, that's it? What a saint!

Apparently, the ex-spouses were on more than speaking terms just before the end. Bobby even had dinner with Whitney and their daughter Bobbi Kristina just one week before the troubled star's untimely passing, and he noticed that she "looked really well." He then elaborated, claiming that drugs were not entirely to blame: "...It had to be that particular day. You know, it had to be that one, because that's all it takes...One hit, and you know, it could definitely take your life away from you. And, unfortunately, that was it."

Due to his recent legal troubles, Bobby is required to attend a 90-day alcohol education course in addition to three years of informal probation.

The exclusive interview will air on NBC in two parts, on Wednesday and Thursday on Today.

Source: The Huffington Post

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