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Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown Marriage Profile

No Longer Standing By Her Man


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Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown in Los Angeles, California on June 3, 2004.

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When Whitney Houston decided to end her stormy marriage with Bobby Brown, the thought in many minds was why did this decision take so long in light of the history of infidelity, scandals, drug and alcohol arrests, and marital problems during their marriage.

Here's information about the troubled marriage of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.

Marriage Fast Facts - Bobby and Whitney
Met: 1989.
Married: July 18, 1992.
Divorced: 2006.

Did You Know?
Bobby proposed twice. The second time, Whitney said yes.

Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown Marriage News Updates:

2/11/2012: "After reportedly breaking down backstage pre-show, Brown declined to join his bandmates for the opening song. According to a concertgoer, he then went onstage for the second song to massive cheers, singing "Hit Me Off" with gusto. At the end of another song, Brown shouted "I love you, Whitney!" and blew a kiss to the sky, looking visibly teary."
Source: Justin Ravitz. "Bobby Brown sobs for Whitney onstage." US Weekly via MSNBC.msn.com. 2/11/2012.

2/11/2012: Whitney Houston died at the age of 48 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Information about the cause of her death was not immediately released.

2/25/07: Bobby Brown was arrested in Massachusetts for not paying child support to Kim Ward.

10/18/06: Divorce papers were filed in Orange County Superior Court by Whitney Houston.

9/13/06: Whitney Houston separated from her husband Bobby Brown. Divorce proceedings are expected to begin as early as October 2006.


Whitney Elizabeth Houston: August 9, 1963 in East Orange, New Jersey.

Bobby Brown aka Robert Barisford Brown: February 5, 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts.


Whitney: At the age of 48, Whitney Houston died on February 11, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Erin Carlson: "The Los Angeles County Coroner's office issued her official death Thursday, ruling it an accidental drowning. A coroner rep tells The Hollywood Reporter that the drowning is being attributed to atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use."
Source: Erin Carlson. "Whitney Houston Official Cause of Death Released; Cocaine Found in System." HollywoodReporter.com. 3/22/2012.
Bobby Brown: "I'm not the one that got Whitney on drugs, at all," Brown said in an interview to be aired this week on the "Today" show on U.S. television network NBC. "I'm not the reason she's gone."
Source: Jill Serjeant. "Don't blame me for Whitney's death, Bobby Brown says." Reuters.com. 4/30/2012.

How Whitney and Bobby Met:

Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston met on April 12, 1989 at the Soul Train Music Awards.
Whitney: "He [Bobby Brown] was the first male I met in the business that I could talk to and be real with. He was so down and so cool, I was like "I like him' ... Then we saw each other again, like four months later at a BeBe and CeCe Winans show ... And we've been friends ever since. See, our whole relationship started out as friends. We'd have dinner, laugh, talk and go home. It wasn't intimate. And then it kind of dawned on us, "What's going on here?' The first time he asked me to marry him, I said [laughs]: "Forget about it, no way. It's just not in my plans.'' After a year or so, I fell in love with Bobby. And when he asked to marry me the second time, I said yes."
Source: Anthony Decurtis. "Whitney Houston Opens Up About Her Marriage, the Pressures of Fame and More." RollingStone.com. 6/10/1993.

Wedding Date:

Bobby and Whitney were married on July 18, 1992 on the grounds of Whitney's home in Mendham, New Jersey. They had about 800 at their wedding reception.

First Wedding Anniversary:

Whitney and Bobby celebrated their first wedding anniversary in their yard. They had dinner by candle light, ate some of their wedding cake, and danced under the stars.
Source: Joy Duckett Cain. Essence. Feb 1994. page


Bobby and Whitney have one daughter. Whitney had a miscarriage on December 19, 1996 in New York.
  • Bobby Kristina Houston Brown: Born in 1993.

Bobby has other children. In 2004, he spent a brief time in jail for missing child support payments.

  • Landon Brown: Born in 1985. His mother is Melika Williams.
  • LaPrincia Brown: Born in 1990. Her mother is Kim Ward.
  • Robert (Bobby) Brown Jr: Born in 1991. His mother is Kim Ward.
  • Cassius Brown: Born in 2009. His mother is Alicia Etheridge. Bobby and Alicia became engaged in May 2010 and married in 2012.


Bobby and Whitney had a home near Atlanta, Georgia.


Whitney: Grammy award winning singer, actress, composer, fashion model.

Bobby: Singer, actor, composer.

Other Marriages:

Bobby Brown married his manager, Alicia Etheredge, on June 19, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Bobby and Alicia have one child.

Quotes About the Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown Marriage:

Chris Lee: "What they did together, according to her testimony, included a nightmarish descent into hard-core drugs, fistfights and bizarro behavior by Brown, such as him spray painting "evil eyes" on the walls and carpets of their home and cutting the heads off all photographs of Houston."
Source: Chris Lee. "Inside Whitney Houston's Violent Marriage to Bobby Brown." TheDailyBeast.com. 2/12/2012.

Whitney: "He [Bobby Brown] was my drug," Houston, 46, said on the season premiere of "The Oprah Winfrey Show." "I didn't do anything without him. I wasn't getting high by myself. It was me and him together, and we were partners, and that's what my high was — him. He and I being together, and whatever we did, we did it together. No matter what, we did it together."
Source: Gil Kaufman. "Whitney Houston Tells Oprah Bobby Brown Was Her 'Drug.'" MTV.com. 9/15/2009.

Whitney about Bobby: "I've got a good man. He takes care of me. I don't have to be scared of anything because I know he will kick every... disrespect him and you've got a problem."
Source: Gossip at About.com

Whitney about their fighting: "We are crazy for one another. I mean crazy in love, love, love, love, love. When we're fighting, it's like that's love for us. We're fighting for our love.”
Source: Gossip at About.com

Whitney about romance: "Bobby's got a good heart and a good soul. We work hard at our relationship. We do. Because it's easy to lose that romance, that passion you once had ... Bobby will take my hand and put it on his face--to me that's romantic."
Source: Joy Duckett Cain. Essence. Feb 1994. page 4.

Bobby Brown about Whitney: "She's my friend. She's the better half of me. They say opposites attract, but we're not opposites. We're one person. We're loving life, and we're just trying to be as good to each other as possible. And we're moving on."
Source: People.com

Bobby Brown about staying together: "What's important is that we love each other. It doesn't matter what people say. They want to try to break us down anyway. That's not for us. We're here, and we're gonna be together for a long time, so people can expect us to stay together ... I'm with my wife for the duration – and that's life."
Source: People.com

Bobby Brown on why he proposed to Whitney: "I couldn't find anything wrong with her that made me not want to marry her. Honestly, I couldn't. ... There's not just one thing I can point my finger at and say this is what I like about her. It's her. That's what made me love her, and that's what made me want to marry her. I'm just glad she said yes."
Source: Joy Duckett Cain. Essence. Feb 1994. page 1.

Bobby Brown about their daughter: "Bobbi Kris is the cement that holds our relationship together. When we're going through changes, when we're arguing or whatever, all it takes is for Bobbi Kristina to go waaaahhhhhhhh. And we crack up."
Source: Joy Duckett Cain. Essence. Feb 1994. page 3.

Whitney about first meeting Bobby: "But he came to my party and the thing that turned me on was that he was such a gentleman. He didn't try to impress me, he didn't try to put on airs, he didn't seem like he was afraid of me--like most men. Before I met my husband, I always got that how-can-I-show-her-that-I'm-worthy-to-be-with-her? attitude. When I met Bobby, it was simple. Bobby knew what I needed was love."
Source: Joy Duckett Cain. Essence. Feb 1994. page 3.

Bobby Brown about his career taking a backseat to Whitney's career: “Yeah. To my marriage, to my marriage, you know. Not to her career, but to our marriage.”
Source: MSNBC.com

Whitney: "I mean, do you stop loving somebody because you have different images? ... You see somebody, and you deal with their image, that's their image. It's part of them, it's not the whole picture. I am not always in a sequined gown. I am nobody's angel. I can get down and dirty. I can get raunchy."
Source: Anthony Decurtis. "Whitney Houston Opens Up About Her Marriage, the Pressures of Fame and More." RollingStone.com. 6/10/1993.

Whitney: "I want to get something straight. I've heard a lot about my husband being this womanizer ... I just want people to understand something: My husband has never, never, disrespected any woman. Any woman that he's wanted has wanted him. And I want people to know that my husband's a good person. He's a respectable human being ... He loves being married, and he's respectful to his marriage. He respects me, and I respect him. I'm tired of people talking about him like he's this bad guy and he has no respect for me or his marriage. That's ***. He does. And anybody who knows him knows that's true."
Source: Anthony Decurtis. "Whitney Houston Opens Up About Her Marriage, the Pressures of Fame and More." RollingStone.com. 6/10/1993.

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