Thursday, June 30, 2005

Love, Potty Talk Go Hand-In-Hand On Bobby Brown's TV Show

Bobby, Bobby, Bobby ... The R&B bad boy has always seemed a prime candidate for his own reality show, and now that he's got one, those suspicions have been proven correct.

And just as Jessica had her "chicken of the sea" moment and Britney had several sex-drive moments, there are things that happen on "Being Bobby Brown" that are guaranteed to be discussed around the water cooler the next day. Take, for example, when Brown talks about assisting wife Whitney Houston with her bowel movements. Though the details are probably best left unmentioned here, Houston called it "real love," and neither of them seemed to think that it-or any part of their lives-was such a big deal.

"[The show] is just what's going on in that moment in my life," Brown said. "You might see me sitting all day in the house. For me, it's me. For other people, for some reason, they see the show and they're laughing, and I'm like, 'Why you laughing at me?' To them, I'm funny."

Though he might not see it, Brown's a clown when he interacts with Houston, who, despite the ever-present cameras, lets her guard down and shows us how close the two are.

"Anyplace I go, she wants to be there with me," Brown said. "Anytime I would go to work, she'd just come along. 'I'm coming with you!' For the most part, she's with me, and that is my day. That's the way we shot it. The time I spend with Whitney, the time I spend with other people, the time I spend with my kids, that's what it is."

In the premiere episode, which airs at 10 p.m. Thursday (June 30) on Bravo, Brown is on a quest to get that quality time, since he's just been released from prison in Boston and hasn't seen Houston in over 30 days. To prep, he goes into the hotel gift shop, grabs some Preparation H and dabs it under his eyes, to the amazement of the store clerk.

In the second episode, Brown heads back to court -with Whitney in tow- to face charges that he assaulted her a year earlier. To celebrate that he's allowed to go free on bail, he treats her to a spa visit. Those frequent stops in court- and in jail-made Brown felt ready to do a reality show, because his attitude was, he said, "Get me out and I'll do anything." Plus, he's used to the cameras.

"I keep cameras in my house. I probably tape myself more than anyone else," he said. "And for the most part, I had planned to do something like this, but it just never came together. I figure, they talk about me enough, without even being around me, let the cameras talk. Why not? Let's make some change out of it."

Bobby Brown shows off ATL on TV show

Some of the city's best-known high-end businesses became the center of attention Thursday night as the first two installments of "Being Bobby Brown" beamed across the country on Bravo.

In the new reality series, the R&B singer and wife Whitney Houston are seen supping at Joel, Prime and Chopstix; appearing in a Fulton County court; relaxing at the Spa on Paces; and, um, getting reacquainted in a Grand Hyatt luxury suite after one of Brown's stints in jail.

So what did local business folks think of their 15 minutes of fame- and in a few cases, infamy? Here are some responses.


The setup: Brown wants to show Houston a good time at "Joel's, where the chef actually gave us his table in the kitchen," explains Brown. While five-star chef Joel Antunes is known to regulars for his creative takes on foie gras and roasted hare, Houston desires a T-bone steak while Brown quizzes a perplexed waiter about the possibility of ordering clams on the half shell. Brown finally orders squab but admits, "I don't know what it is." Poking at it later, Houston asks, "Is it bird?"

At the end of the meal in front of a clearly uncomfortable server, Brown asks Houston, "Can I impregnate you tonight?"

Reaction: Said Joel general manager Nicolas Sangros: "T-bone steaks and clams on the half shell are not, um, currently on the menu. Our chef's room in the kitchen is open to anyone who would like to reserve it, which is usually about four times a week. It's always flattering when people in the public eye choose to use our premises."


The setup: Brown and Houston arrive at the eatery's Lenox Square mall entrance and are immediately surrounded by fans. Brown happily poses for pictures while Houston ducks inside the mall. Riding solo up the escalator, Houston sighs and says, "I need a vacation!"

Reaction: Said Prime manager Mark Pinsky: "We regard ourselves as fun-dining as opposed to fine dining. So it's always fun for us to have something like this going on. I don't think I ever made it on camera so at least I won't be embarrassed."


The setup: The Chinese restaurant is where Brown and Houston go to celebrate after his successful court appearance. After some initial confusion (the couple's driver originally thinks they want to go to Chops), Chopstix co-owner Philip Chan opens his eatery for a private late lunch for the singers. Over the meal, Houston explains the benefits of a colonic, saying, "See, there are these bugs in your system. . . ." Brown replies: "Stop talking about [posteriors] around my food!" As she's served by Chan, Houston inquires Jessica Simpson-like about whether she's eating pork or chicken.

Reaction: Joked Chopstix bar manager Sean Cash: "But it all tastes like chicken, doesn't it? When Bobby and Whitney came in, they took over the place. We always enjoy having them. I think it's great for business- well, unless someone gets killed or something."

The Spa on Paces

The setup: Brown wants to treat Houston to a day of pampering. Houston uncaps a large bottle of moisturizer to give Brown a foot rub. Later, the two receive full-body massages, but Brown immediately declines the services of a large male masseur. Said Brown: "I'm not about to let some big buff dude just be feeling up my wife or feeling on me!"

Reaction: Said current Spa on Paces owner Jerry Haft: "I honestly have no idea if this kind of exposure is a good or bad thing. It was filmed before I took over here. Whitney has come here on occasion for treatments. We try to create a tranquil setting for all our customers."

The Grand Hyatt

The setup: Brown and Houston meet in a suite at the hotel after his release from custody to spend some quality time together, with Doogie the family dog and daughter Bobbi Kristina in tow. The pair are seen dancing and rapping together while trying on sunglasses in the hotel gift shop in front of a stymied cashier. Brown buys a Braves T-shirt and wears it out with the tag still on it. He purchases Preparation H and immediately applies it to his puffy eyes. Later, Brown jimmies open the hotel room's mini-bar area, telling the camera, "This is how you get free [stuff]!"

Reaction: "Bobby and Whitney were delightful," said Grand Hyatt director of sales Michelle Oberst. "They were easy and friendly and not at all a disruption. They knew we still had a hotel to run."

The More Famous Singer Takes a Supporting Role

Whitney Houston says- and she learned this in what she recalls as a "35-minute lecture" by "the Israelites" -that "there are little bugs inside your system that food creates, along with your intestines."

Clawing viciously at the shoulder of her husband, Bobby Brown, she explains to Tommy Brown, her brother-in-law, "It'll be like this, on the walls of your stomach and of your rectum."

It's an impassioned presentation, this advocacy of colonics. (The Israelites are presumably the Black Hebrews, a group of African-Americans who live in Israel and believe they are descendants of one of the lost tribes; Ms. Houston and her husband visited them in 2003.) It is also the most sustained look at the mind of the strung-out singer as she surges and retreats tonight in a kinetic supporting role on "Being Bobby Brown," a reality series making its debut on Bravo that chronicles six months of Mr. Brown's life.

Of course, we can't explicitly be here for Ms. Houston; we're supposed to watch Mr. Brown. In 2002, Mr. Brown told Diane Sawyer that his wife's multiplatinum prominence didn't bother him because "she's a female, and no one can touch me as an entertainer." (Mr. Brown was an R&B song-and-dance sensation in the late 1980's and early 90's.) But he seems nonetheless a little sensitive about the dimming of his star, as when in the new series someone mistakes him for P. Diddy or when a fan asks "Miss Houston" for her autograph.

"Mrs. Brown," says Mr. Brown firmly.

"Being Bobby Brown" is not one of the clean, well-lighted reality shows, like the competitions or MTV's "Newlyweds" or "Real World," where much of the production takes place in houses explicitly designed and illuminated for the purpose. Instead, it's more like "Chaotic," Britney Spears's show: haphazard and shot on the fly, with drama driven in part by the apparent irritation of some of the side players, who appear ambivalent about reality television. "Being Bobby Brown" looks dirty, in short- just as a show about a fighting, drinking, addiction-prone outlaw should. And the dirtiness makes it an absorbing hour of drama and comedy.

The series begins, like a good novel, with its hero freshly out of jail - 30 days in Atlanta. Then he has to detour to Boston, where he grew up, to report to someone for skipping child-support payments. (The legal details, which come from Mr. Brown himself, are murky.) In Boston, we meet two of Mr. Brown's children: La Princia, 16, and Bobby Jr., 14. While he dotes on Bobby Jr., he teases La Princia.

"I'm going to have to put the smack down on you," he says.

"I'll pretend you didn't just say that," La Princia replies.

Later he returns to Atlanta-"Back in the ATL!"- to see his wife, in a superhyped reunion at the Hyatt. After he relaxes with beer and cigarettes, she shows up, and they disappear into the bedroom.

Ms. Houston looks skinny but not sickly. She wears mostly white. In many scenes, she's hidden behind glasses and headscarves, but her beauty is obvious, as is her lusty appreciation of her husband. She laughs happily at his jokes and -when she's not caught up in a private fixation- nurtures him. In turn, he consoles her when she's missing her father, who died recently, and lets her eat off his plate.

"Are you sure you don't want steak and eggs?" Mr. Brown says, noting that Ms. Houston is generously helping herself to his plate.

"No," she answers. "I want your steak and eggs."

In Mr. Brown's easy laughter is his happy resignation to marriage. Like "Newlyweds" and "The Osbournes," this program promises to offer another data point in response to the eternal sociological question, What are other people's marriages like?

'Being Bobby' is the real deal

The long, rectangular table in a conference room at NBC's Rockefeller Center offices was littered with dozens of Styrofoam containers of partially-eaten Chinese food.
Bobby Brown and his entourage, which consisted of his brother Tommy, sister Leola and a mountain of a man who introduced himself as "protective services," were finishing lunch.

Brown was there to talk about his new Bravo reality show, which he hopes will cut through reams of police reports and bad press.

"I haven't been as bad as they say I have," said Brown, "and I'm definitely a better man than they think I am. So this is a way for me to show who I really am as a person."

"Being Bobby Brown" (tonight at 10 on Bravo) begins with his release last spring after 33 days in a Boston jail for failing to pay child support.

"I think that was the tipping point for Bobby," said producer Tracey Baker-Simmons. "That's what really made him decide that he would do the show because basically the perception of him was run-in after run-in with the law."

Included in the show is Brown's Atlanta court appearance for allegedly hitting his wife, Whitney Houston.

"I think people should see the opposite side of the news," he said.

Viewers will also see Brown prying open a hotel minibar. ("I'm a very impatient man sometimes, unfortunately," he explained.) And there's a cringe-inducing scene in which the couple reminisces about Brown's technique for relieving Houston of constipation. ("That's love," he said.)

The cameras follow them on vacation in the Bahamas, where Houston bristles at gawkers while Brown hams it up. Brown and Houston have been married for 14 years. They have a daughter, Bobbi Kristina, 12; Brown has three other children, Landon, 18, LaPrincia, 16, and Bobby Jr., 14.

On-camera protestations notwithstanding, Houston didn't need much arm-twisting to participate.

"She didn't want to be without me," said Brown. "I mean when she saw me shooting it, it was just like she's a part of my life so she knew she had to be in some of the footage. I just didn't expect her to be in it as much as she is. But she started to enjoy being in front of the camera just as much as I did."

And, he said, the cameras helped their relationship.

"That's therapy for us, in [terms of being] able to look back on our lives, look back on our know, things that we do that get on each other nerves. I think every couple goes through that sometimes. We're no different."

An average American family.

Outside the conference room, Bobbi Kristina was sitting on the floor. She was wearing a snug, green Abercrombie & Fitch T-shirt; a Von Dutch handbag at her side; her iPod blasting Britney Spears in her ears. She was a little nervous about the show.

"I was a lot younger then," she said. Indeed, she has grown up considerably since filming wrapped more than a year ago.

Later, the family squeezed into an elevator at NBC. "You got all that food, didn't you," Brown said to his brother Tommy, who had packed up the leftover Chinese food.

"No sense in letting the garbage man get it," Tommy replied. "We won't have to buy dinner tonight, just stick this in the microwave!"

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Bobby's not such a bad boy on show

It was only a matter of time before Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston starred in their own reality series. Well, Being Bobby Brown (10 p.m., Bravo), is actually Bobby's show, but Whitney is around for much of it.

Here are five reasons why we love the black Ricky and Lucy on what could become reality TV's Next Big Thing.

1. Bobby's nursery rhyme come-on lines: After being on lockdown in the joint for 33 days, bad boy Bobby is obviously, well, attention starved, so Ms. Diva Thang asks her King of R&B hubby if he's ready for a night of some good lovin'. Rest assured, Barry White is cringing from the great beyond at Bobby's comeback.

2. Whitney's take-no-guff 'tude: Camera, schameras. Makes no difference to Whitney as she barks at adoring fans, threatens to beat her husband and shrieks, "Aw, hell no!" whenever she's cranky. Which is, like, a lot-especially when she's hungry. And tired. And, OK, you get the point.

3. Bobby's daddy advice: Every overprotective father can relate when Bobby tells his oldest daughter, La Princia, what to do if a boy gets fresh with her- "If someone even tries to kiss you, you better smack 'em!" What Bobby forgot to add was, "Just like your momma does to me from time to time!"

4. Bobby's ever-expanding waistline: When did Bobby's gut get as big as Bill Cosby's? Is prison food that good? What? Just asking.

5. The love, baby: Sure Bobby and Whitney are one of showbiz's kookiest couples, but, despite the rehab stints, the drugs, the fights, the court dates, the tabloid headlines, they're still together. And Ms. Diva Thang has no problem rubbing lotion all over her man's ashy feet during a his-and-her massage session. Now that's love!

Brown: 'I'm tired . . . of all the garbage that's out there'

In a downtown hotel suite, Bobby Brown fires up a menthol and talks about his new reality show on Bravo, his marriage and his hopes of getting back into the spotlight . . . for the right reasons.

"I'm just an entertainer, man . . . trying hard to get back in," he says.

These days, the 36-year-old singer and Alpharetta resident is better known for stints in court, in jail and in tabloid headlines than for a singing career that peaked with his 1988 album "Don't Be Cruel," featuring his hit song "My Prerogative."

He claims he intentionally cooled his career to spend his time as a hands-on father, just as his own "Pop" was to him growing up. With wife Whitney Houston, he has a daughter, Bobbi Kristina, and two sons and another daughter from previous relationships.

"I took my time off, raised my kids, and that's beautiful," he says. "I'm almost going on 15 years in a marriage, so I've become successful in two different fields other than entertainment. I've become successful as a father, and I'm successful as a husband-and that's what's keeping me going, man."

Well, the "successful father" part may be open to debate, at least in court, since he was jailed last year in Massachusetts for failing to pay $63,500 in child support. Among other things, "Being Bobby Brown" (10 p.m. Thursday on Bravo) is the singer's bid to retool his longtime trouble-magnet image as Mr. Whitney Houston.

Actually, for years now both members of the duo have been in the headlines more for bad behavior than hummable hits.

Brown has been arrested for drunken driving and failure to show up in traffic court and for beating up a guy at an Orlando nightclub. His car was shot at outside another nightclub, in Boston, and his sister's fiance was killed in the gunfire. And just last month, two friends Brown was with at a birthday party at Justin's Restaurant and Bar got into a fight with other patrons and wound up stabbed.

Well, that's just the short list.

He's not alone in trying to straighten up his act. Houston, his wife since 1992, made news last December for ramming her car into a MARTA bus in Alpharetta. She's fresh out of a court-ordered, month-long stay in rehab in April (her second visit in a year) for a problem with marijuana.

"She's doing really, really, really good," Brown says. "It helps both of us, you know? I've been in recovery for almost two years, and for her to be in it with me is even better."

Despite his reckless rep, in person Brown comes across as laid back and personable. Believe it or not, he describes himself as something of a house-husband. "See, I can cook, like, whole dinners -turkey, collard greens, fresh macaroni and cheese from scratch.

"[Whitney's] got it real good, and she's getting fat now."

Houston is back in the studio, he says, recording a new CD with Clive Davis, who discovered her in the early '80s and produced her self-titled first album in 1985. "Hopefully she'll be doing another movie this year, but she wants to have a baby, too."

That's obvious in the reality show's first episode. After his jail time in Massachusetts, Brown and Houston reunite at Buckhead's Grand Hyatt, their home-away-from-home. Houston shuts the bedroom door in Bobbi Kristina's face, saying, "Be right back-Daddy trying to make a baby."

It's one of several memorable warts-and-all moments in the first two episodes. Some others: Brown smearing Preparation H on the bags under his eyes following his long reunion night with his wife. Or Houston melting down at a Bahamas resort as fans pester her for photos, moaning, "Lord, I just want to be a real person." But probably the biggest TMI moment comes in Episode 2, when Brown tells how he helped his wife deal with a bad case of constipation. (Squeamish viewers may want to keep a finger on the remote.)

As surreal as things get, the series isn't the train wreck people might be expecting (unlike the recent, unwatchable Britney Spears-Keven Federline disaster). It paints a convincing portrait of a couple who really are crazy about each other. We see them dining at Prime and Chopstix, relaxing in a spa (where the jealous Brown insists that Houston's masseur be replaced by a masseuse) and, yes, appearing in court together to face a misdemeanor battery charge Brown got for allegedly hitting Houston.

As half of Atlanta's wiggiest celebrity couple, Brown didn't exactly have to get accustomed to cameras following his every move. He was used to it.

"These paparazzis, they hide behind trees, you know, and [stuff] like that," he says. "To me, that's an invasion of privacy. That's not a job."

Brown says he doesn't watch other reality shows; he mainly watches boxing matches. (Insert your own joke here.) He claims the idea for the series wasn't even his: "My kids wanted to do it, so it was, like, how can you say no to two little girls with pigtails?"

More than a family project, though, the show is the singer's attempt to take control of his public profile. "I just wanted people to know me more," he says. "I'm tired of being sick and tired of all the garbage that's out there."

He's talking about not only all the gossip and punchlines that have gathered around him- including a throwaway courtroom joke in Tyler Perry's "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" -but also the racy content on television these days.

"It's just like everybody's nasty right now. And I know I'm not one to speak, because I was arrested here for [lewdness] onstage," he says, referring to the time police stopped a 1989 concert in Columbus because of his provocative dancing. "There's a little too much shaking and bodies on television when my kids are watching, you know?

"I guess I've developed a conscience."

Even though he hasn't had a new album since 1997's "Forever," that doesn't mean he hasn't been busy.

"I have over a thousand songs, so it was like I never stopped," he says. "I kept recording all the while I've been off; I just chose not to put songs out."

And here's another one of Brown's contradictions."I don't want to be part of the record industry," he says. "I think it's slavery, basically. So if I'm gonna get back into it, it would have to be something that agrees with my style, my everyday life. I've got to be able to just be Bobby and still do my music."

So there's the Catch-22. "I love entertainment," he says. "I love work. I love being the center of attention."

With "Being Bobby Brown," he hopes the attention, for once, won't all be negative.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Jimmy Kimmel Appearance

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Brown, Houston for real

Arriving in a white stretch limo, reality television's latest celebrity couple, Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston, greeted fans and the media on a black carpet Monday night at the Mason Murer Fine Art gallery in Midtown.

The private party served as a launch event for "Being Bobby Brown," the couple's waay -too-much-information-laced series set to debut Thursday night on Bravo. Daughter Bobbi Kristina and family pooch Doogie were also on hand for the event.

With a guest list of 200, Brown and Houston arrived around 9:30 p.m., only fashionably late to the 8 p.m. soiree.

Inside, Atlanta Falcons' Bryan Scott mingled with rapper Bubba Sparxxx and party promoters Nicole Johnson, Eboni Elektra and Kim Porter.

While Houston, Brown and family were whisked into a curtained-off VIP area, fans were treated to 20-minute snippets of clips from the series projected on one of the gallery's 18-foot walls. Hard-core partygoers hung around until 11:30 p.m.; Brown, Houston and company exited within 30 minutes of their arrival.

Daddy's home in 'Being Bobby'

NEW YORK - Forget his stints behind bars, the tumultuous 12-year marriage to singer Whitney Houston and that attention-grabbing 2003 spiritual trip to Israel.

Bobby Brown wants you to know he's just an average suburban dad who loves his four kids and makes a mean macaroni and cheese from scratch. He's sharing that life with the world in Bravo's series Being Bobby Brown, premiering Thursday (10 p.m. ET/PT).

Brown, 38, decided to make his life public because "so much had been said about me, and I figured, 'Why not?' This is a way to show people that I'm just Bobby. I spend my time raising my kids. I just want people to stop judging me. I take pride in everything I do."

Mostly, says Brown, he's proud of his four kids, daughters Bobbi Kristina, 12 (with Houston, 41), and LaPrincia, 16, and sons Bobby Jr., 14, and Landon, 18, from other relationships. He says he supports his children, emotionally and financially - though he was jailed in March 2004 in Massachusetts for not coming up with $63,500 in child support money but was released after making the payment.

Still, Brown gets a bit peevish at any implication that he doesn't take care of his brood.

"The biggest misconception about me is that I haven't paid child support," he says. "That would be something I wouldn't do! Even being charged with assaulting my wife - we play a lot. It was just a big misunderstanding that got out of hand, and the press took it and ran with it."

Brown is referring to Houston's December 2003 911 call in which she said he struck her in the face; charges were dropped.

"We're two people who love each other and respect each other. I guess you're going to get passion," he says. "As for me ever, ever, ever disrespecting my wife by putting my hand up to her, that's bogus. She would have left me if that was the case. We play a lot, and one night we were playing and I got mine in and ran out the door. I didn't know it hurt her."

When the police called him, he thought it was a practical joke. "It scared me. I was supposed to go to Los Angeles to work, and I didn't even get on my flight. I didn't know it was that serious."

His wife "overreacted," Brown says. "I have no problems apologizing to (her)."

Houston, meanwhile, finished a second stint in rehab in 16 months this April and is "doing wonderful," Brown says. "She looks great. She smells great. Her eyes are sparkling. I can see God in her again. She's in great health."

He calls Houston his best friend. "She's the person I can talk to about all my problems, the person that can get me mad because she knows what buttons to press. We're two powerful entertainers that are in love."

Brown, who won a Grammy for his smash single Every Little Step off his hit 1988 solo album Don't Be Cruel, is hoping to rekindle his music career with a new album slated for a fall release. Houston, too, is making music in the couple's Atlanta-area home studio. She's "recording a lot," Brown says. "She doesn't stop recording."

Brown Hopes to Tweak 'Bad Boy' Image

ATLANTA - After a decade and a half of spending more time on the police blotter than the pop charts, Bobby Brown wants the world to know he's not really a bad boy.

"They've made my life out to be problems, problems, problems," said Brown, who spent the 1980s and early '90s on the charts with his group, New Edition, and as a solo artist. "It's not like that. I'm not a bad person."

He'll take his case to the public starting Thursday, when "Being Bobby Brown," a reality TV series promising "an artist striving to clean up his life," premieres on Bravo.

The series follows the lives of Brown, wife Whitney Houston and three of his children.

With beer bottles littered throughout an Atlanta hotel suite, Brown dragged on a cigarette on a recent afternoon and recalled being approached for the series last year while he was in a Georgia jail for violating probation on drunken driving charges.

"Basically, with all the garbage press that I've gotten, I found out that people are still interested in Bobby Brown," said the 36-year-old Grammy winner, who lives in suburban Atlanta.

The program promises to be a study in contradictions. The eight half-hour episodes will shed light on Brown's relationships with his children, his brother and Houston -the 41-year-old multiplatinum pop songstress he married 13 years ago.

It will also document his release from jail and one of many courtroom appearances - including for charges of hitting Houston during a 2003 argument.

In the series' opening scene at a restaurant, Brown chats up a pair of businessmen who know his reputation but don't realize they're talking to the man himself.

"You recognize me now?" Brown asks, bending over and pushing his hands behind his back to mimic being handcuffed.

Tracey Baker-Simmons, the show's executive producer, said she dreamed up the show after repeatedly seeing Brown in the news for his arrests, court dates and jail stints.

"The idea was that there had to be more to the person," said Baker-Simmons. "He is someone's husband; he's someone's son. There are other titles that people don't normally attach to him that make him human."

In the late 1970s, Brown was one of five friends who began singing together while growing up in Boston. The teens went on to form New Edition, a group that topped the charts with bubblegum hits such as "Candy Girl" and "Mr. Telephone Man," paving the way for boy-band phenoms such as New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys.

Brown left that group in 1986. His 1988 album, "Don't Be Cruel," sold 7 million copies, producing smash singles including "My Prerogative" while pioneering "new jack swing," a marriage of rap and traditional R&B.

An album of remixes "Dance! ... Ya Know It!" went platinum in 1990, then "Bobby" was released to moderate success in 1992.

The same year, he married Houston and began a stretch known more for tabloid headlines than hits.

He was arrested in 1993 by Atlanta police for lewd conduct during a concert. Then there was a pair of brawls in 1995, at a Disney World nightclub and a Los Angeles hotel, and a 1996 drunken driving arrest.

He's been in and out of court on charges of failing to pay child support to a former lover and on drug charges including marijuana possession and refusing to retake a drug test that showed cocaine in his system.

His most recent jail stint, which began in February of last year, was for probation violations including the battery charge against Houston, not submitting to drug testing, failing to pay supervision fees for three months, and failing to prove he completed court-ordered counseling.

Brown, who said he's been diagnosed with "ADD (attention deficit disorder), bipolar or whatever they want to call it," blames drugs.

"I had to smoke weed to come down to other people's level and, for me, it moved on to other things," he said. "Those are the things that didn't agree with me. It took away my personality."

Brown says he still occasionally drinks - he told a judge in 2000 that he's an alcoholic - but takes no illegal drugs.

"The narcotics are done," he said. "My kids were the best inspiration for me. ... They didn't know I was high, but at the same time they knew something was wrong with me and they would tell me."

Houston has had her own troubles. In March, she checked herself into a rehabilitation center for the second time in a year after saying she was using prayer to quit drugs.

Despite Houston and Brown's problems, Bravo President Lauren Zalaznick said the series doesn't focus on cheap sensationalism.

"Bravo is really committed to providing programming that goes very deeply into the internal worlds of creative people," she said of the cable network that airs reality programs including "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." "When you do that, you can't shy away from risks or unconventional ideas for programming."

Brown still hopes to revive his career. He said he has more than 1,000 songs ready to record and that he's working to promote a pair of music projects by his children.

He said he also would like to shoot another season of the reality show - largely because having cameras around makes it easier for him to avoid using drugs.

"My desire now is about my family, my kids, my music and my work," he said. "That's where my frame of mind needs to be."

Days after that interview, two members of Brown's entourage were stabbed during a fight at Justin's, an Atlanta restaurant owned by rapper/producer Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, where Brown was performing at an open-mic showcase.

The next week, a Massachusetts judge issued an arrest warrant for him for not appearing at a child support hearing.

For Brown, turning off the cameras doesn't stop the reality.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Bobby and Whitney get real with new show

NEW YORK - TV viewers have peeked into the lives of Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, and Britney Spears and Kevin Federline. Now another celebrity couple is about to take the reality show plunge.

"Being Bobby Brown," which features Brown and his wife, pop songstress Whitney Houston, premieres on Bravo Thursday (10 p.m. ET).

In an interview on "Dateline NBC," Brown said he decided to allow cameras to follow him for six months because "it's easy for people to just have the freedom to be able to say things about me, and me not say anything. That's the easy part.

"But the hard part is to show them me, because I'm scared of being myself, sometimes."

Brown, a former member of New Edition, married Houston in 1992. He took off with singles such as "Don't Be Cruel," but progressively became known more for his drug and alcohol arrests.

On Dec. 7, 2003, Houston called police, alleging that Brown had struck her in the face at their home near Alpharetta, a suburb north of Atlanta.

"Me and my wife play a lot. It was just a misunderstanding," he told Matt Lauer in the NBC interview that aired Sunday. "I mean, we slap box, and she hits hard, hard."

When asked if he hit hard back, Brown responded: "No, I don't. No, come on man, you see how big my hands are? I could hurt her. Huh-uh, no. Me and her are like this. She hits me more than I hit her."

How did the 41-year-old Houston, who recently completed a drug rehabilitation program, feel about doing the reality show?

"When she saw how much fun I was having with the cameras, I mean, because it's like, I didn't change when the cameras got around, it just - it - I think it brought us close together, because it showed us that we're just normal."

Brown, 36, said the couple are "two addictive personalities."

"Heh, it's a daily struggle, and it's just as hard as it is for anybody else, just like somebody that wants to stop smoking, you know, cigarettes. It’s hard. It's going to be hard for us also, you know?"

Sunday, June 26, 2005

July 4, 2005 People Magazine Article

Bobby Brown Faces Reality

The bad boy singer and wife Whitney Houston risk further controversy with a new TV show. But they're not worried There are a few things Bobby Brown would like to set straight. On the subject of his sobriety: "I haven't used in almost a year and a half," says the former New Edition singer, relaxing in an Atlanta hotel suite amid publicity for his new reality show, Being Bobby Brown. On wife Whitney Houston's two stints in rehab in the past 16 months, the most recent ending in April: "They have made it seem like my wife was a crackhead. It wasn't like that. Whitney is healthy and is looking extremely good." As for his reason for allowing cameras into the suburban Atlanta home he shares with Houston and their daughter Bobbi Kristina, 12, he says, "I just wanted to give people a clear view of who I am."

It's a pretty wild landscape. Shot over six months in 2004, the Bravo series trails the 38-year-old R&B bad boy as he attempts to paint a picture of himself beyond the collection of arrests and bizarre behavior that has overshadowed his near dormant career in recent years. Houston, 41, also appears on the show, as do Bobbi Kristina and Brown's three children from other relationships: Landon, 18, LaPrincia, 16, and Bobby Jr., 14. "My kids know I'm crazy," says Brown, who shot to fame at 16 but hasn't had a hit since 1993. "But they also know I am a loving man. I hope people see that."

And yet Brown and Houston's often outrageous antics on the show (see box) are likely to raise even more eyebrows about the pair, who have grabbed headlines through the years for everything from their spiritual retreat in Israel to his arrest in December 2003 for allegedly striking Houston. (While he insists they were "play boxing," it was Houston who made the 911 call that resulted in the charges, which were dropped with her support.) Once the show wrapped, "a lot of people said, 'Was there drug abuse?'" notes producer Tracey Baker-Simmons. "I was with them for months and did not see them abusing drugs."

Brown acknowledges his past misdeeds but hasn't exactly stayed out of trouble. On June 1, a Massachusetts court issued an arrest warrant for him after he failed to appear at a hearing regarding child-support payments to ex-girlfriend Kim Ward, the mother of LaPrincia and Bobby Jr. (Brown's attorney says the singer had a stomach virus and is now awaiting a new court date.) Then on June 10, Brown jumped onstage during singer Brian McKnight's set at a New York City concert and had to be escorted off. "We were joking around backstage, and Bobby mistakenly thought he could join in during Brian's set," says his brother and manager Tommy Brown. "There were no hard feelings."

Despite everything, Brown says he and Houston remain as committed as ever. "She is my queen," he says, adding that the couple would like to expand their family: "She wants a boy, and I want her to be happy." As for his own happiness, he says he has newfound perspective. "I was a Toys 'R' Us kid, I didn't want to grow up. I just wanted to play and have fun all my life," says Brown. "I never knew that I could have fun just being Bobby."

I Can't Believe They Did That!

On Being Bobby Brown, the pop star and his wife exercise their prerogative to behave pretty outrageously:

Introducing himself to strangers at an upscale restaurant, Brown says, "I'm not in an orange jumpsuit right now. That's probably why you don't recognize me."

During a couples massage, Brown grunts and moans with pleasure while a masseuse rubs his thigh. After Houston jokingly warns, "I'll punch you in your mouth," he quickly stops.

Brown says Bobbi Kristina likes his court dates because she gets to miss school: "Court is daddy day, and I got a lot of father's days."

Brown and Houston have intimate discussions over meals: During one, they talk about colonics, and during another, he asks, "Do you think I can impregnate you tonight?" Her response: "You've been impregnating me the last week."

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If Brown's show is a hit, it's thanks to the missis

Whitney Houston's emotional high-wire act energizes husband Bobby's reality series.

"Baby girl, where you at?" Bobby Brown asks Whitney Houston in "Being Bobby Brown," new on Bravo this Thursday.

He's on his cellphone, standing outside the Hyatt in Atlanta days after his release from a monthlong stint behind bars. Now the wife's late for their reunion.

Two hours later, Brown's still wandering the Hyatt perimeter, Whitney-less, apparently unaware that she's arrived at the hotel through a private entrance. Ah, women. "That's what you do with a power couple, know what I'm saying? Power couple, she gets to go upstairs, know what I'm saying?" Brown says when he finally locates her. "Make me run around like that."

Note to self: Put "Being Bobby Brown" on TiVo season pass to gain further insights into relationship dynamics.

I would hesitate to call "Being Bobby Brown" a reality show were the staged reality it presents not so kookily convincing, with Brown, the former R&B star, and Houston, the pop diva with a career out there somewhere, gamely allowing themselves to be captured in various stages of celebrity ennui.

Through a well-documented tabloid maze of marital strife, drug problems and arrests, they've lived to tell their tale or at least mime it for us in laconically amusing form.

"It's rare that Bobby and I spend quality time together, since we are both in the same business, we both do the same thing," she says, in a lucid moment of voice-over denial. "It is hard sometimes to spend that quality time."

Also adding to the hardship of finding quality alone time, surely, are the cameras they've agreed to have there disrupting their quality alone time. Yet there's something of "The Osbournes," MTV's loose-feeling, sitcom-funny celeb-reality show that started it all, in "Being Bobby Brown." Which is to say, you begin to believe that they have a genuine relationship; a family (there are children about, his and theirs) is even discernible amid the spa treatments and hotel suites and court appearances.

Since "The Osbournes," of course, a tide of other troubled A-listers and B- and C- and D-listers have come forward to get their slice, the more high-powered among them (Britney Spears, for instance, in her UPN thing "Britney and Kevin: Chaotic") using the reality show as infomercial, a publicity-co-opting tactic.

It's one way to get ahead of the media that will use you for their own purposes and not pay you. In the produced-to-within-an-inch-of-its-life season finale of "Britney and Kevin" a few weeks ago, the couple got married secretly, to maintain a level of privacy. There were only 30 people there. Thirty people and a boom mike and a lighting guy and various cameramen and a control room somewhere on the property.

Compared to boring mall kids like Britney and Kevin, Bobby and Whitney are as winning as Nick and Nora Charles. They dine on squab at the nouvelle Atlanta restaurant Noel and book a private beach for their kids in the Bahamas, trading insults as easily as endearments and smooches. To sustain our interest, though, the show needs her more than it needs him, even though it's called "Being Bobby Brown." She's the more viable celebrity, a live, unpredictable and even slightly sad presence (it's hard to tell whether these first episodes were shot before or after she cleaned up in drug rehab).

It's the unacknowledged engine of the show waiting to see what Whitney's gonna do next. Brown, on the other hand, needs to jell more as a TV personality. In the Bahamas, Houston gets besieged with autograph and photo requests, while someone spots Brown in the lobby and shouts, "Usher!"

Still, in this, the summer in which Tom Cruise is using the awesome power of his celebrity to lecture on the joyousness of Katie Holmes and the evils of Brooke Shields and anti-depressants, "Being Bobby Brown" is a tonic, returning us to the more palatable ways in which celebrity can be cashed in for money and sympathy.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

"Being Bobby Brown" Official Site

Bravo has launched the "Being Bobby Brown" Official site the shows schedule, photos and exclusive clips are featured.

Official "Being Bobby Brown" site

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Bobby on NBC's Dateline Sunday, June 26, 2005

Matt Lauer interviews Bobby Brown about his marriage to Whitney Houston, their life since she left rehab, recent allegations of domestic abuse, and his new reality series, "Being Bobby."

Bobby Brown Is Back, in Reality TV

On the first episode of his new reality series, the beleaguered R&B singer Bobby Brown pokes fun at his extensive rap sheet and his bad boy reputation. "Maybe you don't recognize me because I'm not in an orange jumpsuit," he tells two middle-aged men dining in a fashionable restaurant. Mr. Brown then turns around and places his hands behind his back as if he's being handcuffed. (It is a stance that he has become quite accustomed to over the years.) "Recognize me now, don't you?"

He may joke about his criminal record, the tabloid headlines and reports of a rocky marriage, but Mr. Brown, 35, is quite serious about using his new series, "Being Bobby Brown," to set the record straight about his life. "On a daily basis, I'm trying to prove my point, that I'm more good than I am bad."

The series, which begins next Thursday night at 10 on the cable channel Bravo, chronicles Mr. Brown's exploits over the last six months. Watch Bobby Brown narrowly avoid prison, party in the Bahamas and pose for pictures with adoring fans. Watch him dance a jig at a local Chinese eatery and pick the lock on his hotel room mini bar.

Lounging in a conference room at the Waldorf-Astoria one recent afternoon, Mr. Brown said he had cameras following him 24 hours a day, logging more than 3,000 hours of film.

"I didn't want them to miss anything," said Mr. Brown, a devout believer in the all-press-is-good-press doctrine. "I wanted them to get the ups and downs and the good and bad because that's what made me."

"I'm not ashamed of any of it," he later added. "I'm not going to run and I'm not going to hide. They're going to talk about me anyway - thank God. I just want to control it."

The idea for a reality series came out of a conversation he had two years ago with his children - Landon, 18; La Princia, 16; Bobby Jr., 14; and Bobby Kristina, 12. "I was in jail, and they were like 'Dad, your friend Flavor Flav has a reality show," he recalled. " 'When you get out, you should do a reality show.' " Upon his release, Mr. Brown linked up with two Atlanta television producers who were intrigued by the constant press Mr. Brown and Whitney Houston, his wife of 14 years, generated. "Outside of all the negative blurbs, we wanted to know what else is there to these people," said Tracey Baker-Simmons, an executive producer of the show. A pilot episode was shot and sent to Bravo, where it took the network's president, Lauren Zalaznick, only 15 minutes to greenlight the series. "I'm not someone that buys something in the room," Ms. Zalaznick said. "I'm a ruminator. But it was very apparent to me that this was something right for Bravo. This is very tactile. You feel something when you watch this show."

Though the show is a Bobby Brown vehicle, Ms. Houston figures prominently. She lovingly greets her husband when he returns from a stint in jail. She is there with him in court when he faces domestic abuse charges brought by her. And when Mr. Brown is given a slap on the wrist, it is she who enjoys a romantic dinner with him the evening following his court date.

Among the many things viewers learn about the couple: Ms. Houston snores loudly, Mr. Brown uses Preparation H to treat bags under his eyes and the two enjoy a very active sex life. In a voice that is meant to be sultry, Mr. Brown asks his wife, "Can I impregnate you?" To which she quickly responds, "You tried to impregnate me all last week." In one of the show's more uncomfortable moments, Mr. Brown freely discusses how he helped relieve his constipated wife.

But those expecting a train wreck will have to settle for a major fender bender. While "Being Bobby Brown" has its share of bizarre moments, viewers are also given an opportunity to see Mr. Brown as both a doting father and loving husband, one who often doles out hugs and kisses. And he admits to being an overprotective dad.Note the advice he gives to his daughter La Princia: "If someone ever tries to kiss you, smack 'em!"

Still, a sliver of Mr. Brown's bad boy side was apparent early last week. Though he was nattily dressed in designer jeans, a white vest and matching sneakers, his cornrows appeared fuzzy and in dire need of rebraiding; his eyes were a tad bloodshot. When not answering questions in a near whisper, he struggled to stay awake, even nodding off for a moment during the interview. Was Mr. Brown bored? "No," he replied. "I'm just tired." It turns out the singer had spent the previous evening in the edit room for his show and in the studio recording a track for his new album, which he hopes to release independently this fall. "There's a lot going on right now," he said with a sheepish grin.

Mr. Brown said Ms. Houston, who recently completed a drug rehabilitation program at a center in the Caribbean, is, "doing great." He added: "She looks good. She smells good. Her eyes are shining again. It's beautiful."

In a 2002 interview with Diane Sawyer, Ms. Houston admitted to experimenting with prescription pills, cocaine and alcohol, but vehemently denied smoking crack because "crack is wack." Mr. Brown, in the same interview, confessed to smoking marijuana every other day to deal with his bipolar disorder. He has since slowed down on his cannabis consumption, he said. Instead of "self-medicating," he added, he now takes prescribed drugs.

"I go to a real pharmacist," the singer saidwith a chuckle.

Mr. Brown also played down reports of domestic violence in his home; it was just play-fighting gone awry, he said, claiming that most of the time it's his wife and not him who is landing the blows. "You'll see on this show just how well Whitney fights," he promised. "Whitney is nobody's punk. She's tough."

In addition to his reality series, Mr. Brown hopes to jumpstart his music career, which took a turn for the worse several years ago after a successful run in the late 1980's and early 90's, first as a member of the boy group New Edition and then as a pelvic-thrusting solo artist ("My wife calls me pump master," Mr. Brown said.).

With this show, Mr. Brown and Ms. Houston join the growing list of celebrity couples cashing in on their high-profile unions, but the singer claims that he did not do the series for the money. "I wrote 'Prerogative,' " he said referring to the royalties he receives from his 1988 hit, "My Prerogative." "I'm just fine and my kids are fine."

Having a reality series may have inadvertently helped Mr. Brown stay on the straight and narrow, he said. It's a little more difficult landing in trouble when there are cameras around. "Somebody's got to behave," said Mr. Brown, who laughs easily. He stopped short of pronouncing his hell-raising days behind him, but Mr. Brown said he was intent on leading a more low-key life.

"I pray on every Bible in this country that I never see jail again," Mr. Brown said. "I'm going to work hard to preserve my life and make my kids proud."

Monday, June 20, 2005

June 26th- July 2nd issue of TV Guide

There is a feature article with Bobby check it out, join the discussion about it on the message board:

TV Guide first two pages

TV Guide last two pages

Who am I? Bobby Brown!!!

Bobby Brown had a "don't-you-know-who-I-am" moment at the Olive Garden in Times Square recently, according to the New York Post. The singer walked in with his two kids and a bodyguard and reportedly requested a table upstairs. "The hostess told him it would be a 45-minute wait she didn't know who he was," said the Post spy. Unhappy about the slight, "He gave his name and walked out," the witness said.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Newsweek Q + A With Bobby Brown

Staying out of trouble: Brown gets 'back on track' ... and back on TV too

June 27 issue - Bobby Brown

Bobby brown knows a thing or two about drama. Starting June 30, the R&B star, 36, will take his troubled existence completely public in his own reality show on Bravo. He spoke with NEWSWEEK's Allison Samuels.

So why a reality show? Haven't you had enough of cameras following you around?

I needed to do something to stay out of trouble. Too much free time ain't too good for someone like me. And now that I'm feeling healthy and off the drugs and other stuff I was doing,I feel like getting myself back on track. But honestly, the main reason I wanted to do this is really for my kids. They're always saying, "Daddy, why do they always make you look so bad in the press?" You know? They don't see their father as a screw-up.

In one of the first episodes, you make some really crude jokes about celebrities like when you talk about Eddie Murphy wearing dresses in his downtime. Any worry that that might come back to haunt you?

No, no worries. I didn't censor myself at all while the cameras were on because that wouldn't be real. I don't mean anybody harm, but I've spent most of my career being the butt of somebody's joke, so I don't have too much concern about somebody's feelings getting hurt. If you can't take a joke, then you need to go somewhere and die and definitely get out of this business.

What was Whitney's response to the show?

She wanted no part of it. (Laughs.) But then once the cameras started rolling and she saw how much fun I was having, I couldn't get rid of her. I had to tell her, "This is 'The Bobby Brown Show' not 'The Whitney Show'!"

How is Whitney's health now?

She's doing fine. It's been three months and she's feeling good and is getting better day by day. This struggle with [substances] is an ass-kicker. But we're both fighting it with all we have. I think we can make it.

on newsstands Monday, June 20

Friday, June 17, 2005

Bobby may record with Ja Rule again

The Pop Star Who's So Hard to Love, and Hate

And Bobby Brown's popularity remains intact despite a string of arrests (on drug and domestic-violence charges, among other things); Ja Rule recently invited him to collaborate on a track, and Mr. Brown is said to have received a huge ovation when he showed up unannounced at a New Edition concert on Friday night.

Good, bad, ugly of new summer shows

'Bobby Brown' among winners

Although far too many celebrities now have (or have had) their own self-indulgent and dull series, the right celebrity can make a show work. That's why Bravo appears to have a winner with "Being Bobby Brown," as it will star both Bobby and Whitney Houston. That alone makes this the summer's most anticipated train-wreck reality series.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Being Bobby Brown Launch Party 6.26.05

Elixir Entertainment and B Squared Entertainment Presents The Launch Party For the Eagerly Anticipated Series Being Bobby Brown on June 26, 2005 8pm-12am at The Mason Murer Fine Arts Gallery, 199 Armour Drive Atlanta, Georgia 30324. The Three Brown Girls are your hostesses for the evening. The party is by invite only. The eight-episode, half-hour series is an introspective look at the Grammy-winning Bobby Brown, and his life as a husband, father, and friend. The series premieres Thursday, June 30 @ 10/9c. Media contact: Jana Hicks (404) 812-3900.

For more information on Being Bobby Brown visit B2 Entertainment

Monday, June 13, 2005

Bobby Performs at New Edition's NY Show

Bobby Brown joined his old group, New Edition, onstage for a special performance of "Mr. Telephone Man" Friday night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. During the concert, which also featured Gerald LeVert and headliner Brian McKnight, special guest Brown told the audience that if he only had 10 more minutes of performance time, he would tear their collective "asses" up. Later in the night, Brown tried to sneak in a couple more minutes. He came out "uninvited" during McKnight's set and took the mic out of McKnight's hands and began singing. Brown was escorted offstage shortly after, and McKnight finished up his set without further incident.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Exclusive clip of Being Bobby Brown

The much-anticipated Bobby and Whitney reality show, Being Bobby Brown, doesn't air on Bravo until June 30, but an exclusive clip from the debut episode just showed up in the World Of Report's mailbox, no return address. It's can't-look-away priceless. Home-cookin' and hilarious. Bobby's in the Atlanta Hyatt hotel pharmacy applying Preparation H under his eyes so he'll look rested for reuniting with Whitney after being away from her for 30 days. Hmm, where was he? When Whitney arrives, things get funky. Click HERE to download video. You will need QuickTime player to open video file


The unbearable lightheadedness of 'Being Bobby'

Move over Nick and Jessica, there's a new celebrity couple ready to take over your reality show mantle, Bobby Brown and wife Whitney Houston.

And fear not, this is no "Chaotic" with Britney Spears and Kevin Federline, which consists of choppy hand-held video shot by the couple. Brown, seeking image rehabilitation, paid a team to shoot his show.

Check out for the entire review

Being Bobby Brown Reviews

TV Guide

Being Bobby Brown
(Bravo, premieres Thursday, 6/30, 10pm/ET)

This verite-style series isn't a train wreck, it's a Hindenburg disaster-and you won't be able to look away. There are no fake setups or goofy sound effects a la NEWLYWEDS or THE ANNA NICOLE SHOW. This is Bobby and Whitney raw: Their burps, fights, rambling conversations-many of them bizarrely scatological-and relationship with long-suffering daughter Bobbi Kristina are laid bare for all to see. The cameras follow them everywhere, including a London vacation (Bobby runs into the Dalai Lama and his bodyguard bleats, "Mr. Lama? This is Mr. Brown!") and an Atlanta spa (Bobby and Whitney cackle raucously over a bottle of champagne). Ever wondered what keeps these two together? This series shows you-and it's not always a pretty sight.

Entertainment Weekly

Starring: Troubled R&B bad boy Bobby Brown and his wife troubled pop star Whitney Houston

What It's About: Galvanized by his March 2004 release from Georgia's DeKalb County jail, where he served nearly a month for violating probation, the singer juggles his duties as a husband and father while attempting to jump-start his career. "When Bobby gets out [of prison] it's almost an epihany, like, I need to get a record going, and figure out what the heck is going on with my kids," says exec producer Tracey Baker-Simmons.

What To Expect: Highlights of the reality show include Brown recalling the time he assisted Houston while she was on the toilet - at which point she chimes in, "That's black love!" Explains Baker-Simmons, "Whitney and Bobby were themselves. It's their normal everyday life and their struggle as parents. Bobby wanted people to see him for who he really is."

Why We're Optimistic: With Chappelle's Show in limbo, watching Brown's true life may be the next best thing to "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories." - Margeaux Watson

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Bobby mentioned in July '05 issue of Sister 2 Sister magazine

In the meow section of the July 2005 issue of Sister 2 Sister magazine, Jamie Foster-Brown summerizes VH1's Behind the Music: New Edition. Also during Mr. Smokey Robinson's interview he speaks about Bobby here is what he had to say:

"Unlike many people, I know Bobby, and I know him from the inside. Bobby is a very nice young man, he's a great person. I love Bobby Brown, ya know? I feel bad that he did succumb to whatever he succumbed to. My advice would be to straighten up because you definitely got the talent. And seek the Lord, if you don't know the Lord, seek the Lord and rebuild or build your relationship with Him. You can do all things when you do that."

Thanks T.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Judge Issues Warrant for Bobby Brown

CANTON, Mass. A family court judge issued an arrest warrant for singer Bobby Brown after he failed to appear for a child support compliance hearing.

Judge Paula Carey issued the warrant on Wednesday morning, said Patrick McDermott, the court's Register of Probate. The warrant can only be executed in Massachusetts, he said.

McDermott said a local counsel for Brown told the court the singer became ill en route to catch a flight to Boston and was taken to a hospital in Atlanta, but neither she nor court officials were able to get confirmation. He said the judge might have postponed the hearing with such confirmation.

"We'd be happy to listen to that excuse if there were some proof to back it up," McDermott said.

Brown's local counsel, Melissa Whish, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment. Brown's lawyer in Georgia, Phaedra Parks, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Brown lives in Alpharetta, Ga., with his wife, singer Whitney Houston. He has two children with Kim Ward of Stoughton.

Brown has failed to make payments toward an educational trust he promised to fund for those two children and has also not proven he has a source of income, McDermott said. Brown is also late making his most recent monthly child support payment, due at 5 p.m. Wednesday, McDermott said.

Brown previously told Carey he had money coming in from reality TV and music projects.

Brown, a Roxbury native, was sentenced to 90 days in prison last June for missing three months' worth of child support payments. That sentence was immediately suspended after Brown made back payments totaling about $15,000. If Carey finds Brown has violated the terms of the court order, she can impose her previous 90-day sentence, McDermott said.

Brown was also jailed for a day in March 2004 after he failed to pay $63,000 he owed Ward. He was released after making the payment.


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