Bobby Brown is joining Jada Pinkett-Smith for a Red Table Talk on Wednesday. And it promises to be the most revealing interview the Grammy-winner has done about his addictions, the loss of his children, and the tragic death of Whitney Houston to date.
In an exclusive clip, Brown and his wife Alicia Etheredge-Brown talked about how hearing about the death of his son, Bobby Brown, Jr., affected them both.
“It was high anxiety for me, Bobby too, so we talked to our therapist, ‘How do we explain this?'” Etheredge-Brown said when it came to the two explaining to their son Cassius about his older brother’s death.
The 28-year old was found dead in November. A March autopsy attributed the death to an overdose of fentanyl, alcohol, and cocaine. Brown and Kim Ward, Brown Jr.’s mother, have called for criminal charges in his death.
Brown also discusses how years of alcoholism ravaged his body to the point that he could not control bodily functions.
“[Because of] alcohol, I started losing bodily function,” Brown explained. “My body started shutting down because I was drinking that much. My body just was giving out on me. Even with alcohol, I got to the point where I needed it.”
Drinking, he shared, was no longer something he used to get drunk but was becoming something he used to get through the day.
“I wasn’t getting drunk anymore. I wasn’t getting a little tipsy anymore. I needed it to wake up. I needed it to stop the shakes, to function on a day-to-day basis,” the ‘My Prerogative’ singer related. “For me, it wasn’t recreational.”
In the Red Table Talk episode titled “An Urgent Warning from Bobby Brown” that airs Wednesday, April 14 at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT on Facebook Watch, Brown also plans to reveal who he believed is responsible for the deaths of Whitney Houston in 2012 and the daughter he shared with Houston, Bobbi Kristina, who died in 2015 as the result of a drug overdose and water immersion.