The various damaged hearts Bobby Brown has suffered in his life
After a few years, Bobby left the group to go alone. (Ricky, Michael and Ronnie continued to form Bell Biv Devoe.)
“When I was on the New Edition, I had to grow up,” artist Don’t Be Cruel told Rolling Stone in 1989. “It was tough for us to be kids. I think I still have the youth in me, but when it’s business time, it’s business time, I just don’t want to be taken advantage of.” (The group had embroiled with Starr over his unjust share of their earnings.Bobby had his brother at the time of the interview Tommy and mom Carole Brown Managing his affairs.)
By then, a man of faith that he is to this day, Brown added, “No matter what happens in life, you have to deal with the problems. This was always taught to me by my mother and father. No matter what, you can. I can don’t let them break you. As soon as they see that you are broken and you can’t take it anymore, boom, right over the edge you are going. Then you lose everything. “
He wrote that he made enough money with “Girlfriend”, his first solo hit, to bring his parents and siblings from Boston to Los Angeles.
As of 1990, there were a number of arrests for battery, DUI, drug possession, failure to pay child support, and more, but by the late 1980s, Bobby said he didn’t use any drugs other than smoking weed and drinking alcohol. His 1988 song “My Prerogative” served as a musical response (“Everyone’s talking all that stuff about me / Why don’t they just let me live”) to the rumors.
He was out Janet Jackson when he met Whitney Houston At the Soul Train Music Awards in April 1989, the six-year-old singer asked “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” if she could hang on the jacket he was wearing on stage. They exchanged numbers, she invited him to her birthday party and from then on it went on.