Bobby Brown (born Robert Barisford Brown, 05.02.1969)
Bobby Brown is an R&B artist and the ex-husband of late superstar Whitney Houston.
Childhood: Bobby Brown was born in Boston. His parents were Herbert, a construction worker, and Carole Brown, a teacher. He grew up in Roxbury's Orchard Park Projects and was involved in petty theft and gangs which saw him get shot in the knee at a party once. When he was 11, he saw his friend die after being stabbed. He joined a church choir at a young age inspired by singer James Brown.
Musical career: Bobby Brown started out his musical career as a child in the band New Edition with Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell, Travis Pettus and Corey Rackley, though Ralph Tresvant soon replaced Rackley. The line-up altered several times after that, with Pettus leaving and subsequently being replaced by Ronnie DeVoe. In 1982, they signed with Maurice Starr's record label and released their debut album 'Candy Girl'. The title track hit number one in the UK and on the US R&B chart. Their second album which was self-titled brought them to stardom when it reached number 6 in the US. There was much bitterness in the group, however, with Brown's increasing jealousy of Tresvant's attention from fans and so he often sang out of turn on stage. He left in 1986, though there has been much controversy surrounding the circumstances. As a solo artist he signed with MCA records and released his debut album 'King of Stage' in 1986 and had a number one hit with his ballad 'Girlfriend'. He released his most successful album 'Don't Be Cruel' in 1988 after working with a variety of top producers. It included his number one single 'My Prerogative' and saw him embark on a two year world tour during which he was often in trouble for sexual behaviour on stage. In 1989, two of his songs appeared on the soundtrack to 'Ghostbusters II' in which he also made a cameo. His 1989 remix compilation 'Dance! Ya Know It' garnered much success in the UK. He performed a duet with his wife Whitney Houston on his next album 'Bobby'. His final two albums were not successful due to Brown's increasingly waning interest in making music. In 2002, he recorded a duet with rapper Ja Rule on 'Thug Lovin'' and contributed to Damian Marley's 2006 song 'Beautiful'. In 2010, he dueted with Macy Gray on 'Real Love'. Brown reunited with New Edition several times; first in 1990 at the MTV Video Music Awards and later with their 1996 album 'Home Again'. They were also reunited at the BET 25th anniversary special in 2005 and again in a tribute show following the death of Michael Jackson.
Other career ventures: Bobby Brown has had cameos in several films including 'Ghostbusters II', 1995's 'Panther', 'Two Can Play That Game', 'Gang of Roses', 'Nora's Hair Salon' and 'Go for Broke'. He appeared in the kids show 'Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme' and had a starring role in 'A Thin Line Between Love and Hate'. In 2005, he and wife Houston appeared in a reality show called 'Being Bobby Brown'.
Personal life: Bobby Brown first became a father at 17 to a son, Landon. He had two children, LaPrincia and Robert Barisford Brown, Jr. with Kim Ward who he dated from 1989 to 1991. He has claimed to have dated Janet Jackson who was the first person to have ever broken up with him. He met Whitney Houston at the Soul Train Music Awards in 1989. They were married in 1992 and had one daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, nicknamed 'Krissy', in 1993. It was a tempestuous relationship due to Brown's infidelity and both their abuse of drugs and alcohol. They were divorced in 2007, though in spite of this, he was visibly distressed at a performance with New Edition following Whitney's sudden death in 2012. In 2009, Brown had a son called Cassius with his girlfriend Alicia Etheridge who he married in 2012. In 1996, his brother was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting when the pair attempted to negotiate peace between two gangs. He currently lives in the Atlanta city of Johns Creek. He was diagnosed with ADD as a child and later developed bipolar disorder. He struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction from a young age. He was addicted to cocaine, crack and heroin after marrying Houston, though he has since claimed to be clean. He has been arrested numerous times in his life for drug possession, driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated and domestic violence. In one police chase, he crashed his wife's Mitsubishi before resisting arrest, swearing at officers and urinating in public. He was jailed in 2004 for violating parole after a DUI charge and was also almost jailed for failing to make child support payments. He was jailed again in 2013 though only served nine hours of his 55 day sentence. In 2012, he began rehab treatment for his alcohol dependency.
Pictures of Bobbi Kristina Brown in a coma in her hospice bedroom have been circulating since Friday (July 3rd), believed to be the work of "an extended family member".
Leolah Brown, the aunt of the tragic Bobbi Kristina, is on the warpath after news broke that various media outlets had been offered ‘deathbed pictures’ of her desperately ill niece over the last couple of days.
On Friday (July 3rd), a number of publications including TMZ and Entertainment Tonight confirmed that pictures from the 22 year old’s hospice bedroom in Atlanta had been doing the rounds, and were being sold for upwards of $100,000. It is believed that Bobbi Kristina’s family have been letting in relative and close friends to “say goodbye” to her, and TMZ claims that the pictures were being touted by “an extended family member”.
Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown in happier days
A relative of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s is reportedly attempting to hawk a photograph of the 22-year-old in a hospice.
Bobbi Kristina Brown is currently in a hospice and her days are reportedly numbered. Media and public interest remains high and one of her distant relatives is reportedly attempting to cash in on the media speculation by hawking a photograph of Bobbi on her ‘death-bed’.
Bobbi Kristina Brown photographed with her boyfriend Nick Gordon in 2012.
Check out this timeline of Bobbi Kristina’s time in hospital from her initial hospitalisation in January to her family’s decision to move her to a hospice earlier this week.
Bobbi Kristina, the daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, is now in a hospice. Her prognosis is not positive and her family are reportedly preparing for the worst. 22-year-old Bobbi has been hospitalised for the last few months after she was found unconscious in her Atlanta home in January. Her period of hospitalisation has been dramatic so, in case you’ve struggled to keep up with her progress, take a look at this timeline of events.
Bobbi Kristina was admitted to hospital in January.
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The 22 year old, and the only daughter of the late Whitney Houston, has been in a coma since January, and her family fears that she continues to show no signs of improvement.
Bobbi Kristina Brown has been moved into hospice care as her health continues to deteriorate, a month after it emerged that her medical situation was not showing any signs of improving.
“Despite the great medical care at numerous facilities, Bobbi Kristina Brown's condition has continued to deteriorate. As of today, she has been moved into hospice care,” read a statement from her aunt Pat Houston to E! News on Wednesday. “We thank everyone for their support and prayers. She is in God's hands now.”
Bobbi Kristina Brown has been in a coma since January, with her condition showing no signs of improving
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Bobby Brown has had a difficult year but that didn't stop him celebrating the exciting news in his life - the impending arrival of his second child with his wife Alicia Etheredge-Brown.
Bobby Brown and his wife, Alicia Etheredge-Brown, celebrated the impending arrival of their new baby with a baby shower over the weekend. 46-year-old Bobby shared pictures of his family, particularly of his wife's well decorated bump, on Instagram.
Bobby Brown posted pictures of his family and pregnant wife on Instagram over the weekend.
Bobbi Kristina Brown's father and aunt have been named her legal co-guardians.
Bobby Brown and Patricia Houston have been named co-guardians of Bobbi Kristina Brown. Bobby Brown is Kristina's father and Patricia is her aunt. They will be responsible for making decisions on her medical care. A third party, Bedelia Hargrove, is in charge of Kristina's financial affairs. The news was announced by the Brown family's attorney on Friday (8th May).
Bobbi Kristina's legal guardians have been named as Bobby Brown and Pat Houston.
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Brown was filmed over the weekend telling an audience his daughter Bobbi Kristina was “awake”.
Bobby Brown's wife Alicia Etheredge-Brown has said her husband was in "an emotional state”, when he told an audience on Saturday that his daughter was “awake”. Browns comments caused conflicting reports on Bobbi Kristina’s condition to emerge, though the 22 year old is now said to have made improvements.
Bobby Brown said his daughter was “awake” during a Dallas concert on Saturday.
On Saturday Bobby Brown was filmed during a concert in Dallas telling the audience, "I could say today, Bobbi is awake…She's watching me.” However since Brown’s comments members of Bobbi Kristina’s extended family have offered differing reports on her progress.
Brown made the announcement in a brief video for TMZ.
Bobbi Kristina may be awake, but she's not out of the woods yet
She has spent the time in a coma, with decreasing hope of recovery, until this past week. In the video, Brown’s father says that Bobbi is awake and adds: "She's watching me," which could indicate that his daughter, the only child of the late Whitney Houston, isn't out of the clear yet.
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Bobbi Kristina Brown has been in a coma since January.
Singer Bobby Brown told a crowd during a concert on Saturday that his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown is "awake," after spending nearly three months in a coma. Brown was performing the concert at the Verizon Theatre in Dallas, where he was filmed by fans making the announcement.
Brown has reportedly said his daughter is now “awake.”
According to TMZ, Brown told the audience "Bobbi is awake, She's watching me,” after which the crowd cheered. But despite the singer’s comments it remains unclear if 22 year old Bobbi is actually awake and out of her coma.
Continue reading: Bobby Brown Tells Audience Daughter Is 'Awake' At Dallas Concert
Brown’s only daughter with former wife Whitney Houston has been hospitalised since January 31st.
Bobby Brown made an emotional appearance at the L.A. soul food festival on Saturday, where he spoke publicly for the first time about his daughter’s hospitalisation. The former New Edition singer was giving his first performance since Bobbi Kristina was hospitalised on January 31st.
Brown was appearing at the L.A. soul food festival.
During his performance Brown told the audience, "I dunno what the hell I am going through right now, but I am giving it to God and letting him deal with it.”
Bobbi Kristina Brown has reportedly been moved to a rehabilitation centre.
Bobbi Kristina Brown has been moved from hospital to a nearby rehabilitation centre, according to sources close to her family. The 21-year-old daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown has been in hospital for almost two months. She has been in a medically induced coma for the majority of her time in hospital and her condition reportedly remains the same.
Bobbi Kristina has reportedly been moved from hospital to a rehabilitation centre.
The daughter of Whitney Houston has been in a medically induced coma since January 31st.
Following nearly a month in a critical condition in hospital, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s doctors on Wednesday reportedly attempted to take her out of a medically induced coma for the second time. However, the attempt ended in disappointment as the 21 year old began suffering seizures in response, and the process was reversed.
A family source told People magazine on Wednesday (February 25th) that doctors would be weaning her off the medication used to keep her in her medically induced state, although she would remain on life support.
Bobbi Kristina Brown has been a medically induced coma since January 31st
Continue reading: Second Attempt To Bring Bobbi Kristina Brown Out Of Coma Fails
The family of Bobbi Kristina Brown are reportedly considering taking Brown off life support and have barred her boyfriend Nick Gordon from visiting her bedside.
Bobbi Kristina Brown's family are reportedly considering taking the 21-year-old off life support. Brown remains in a medically induced coma and her family met on Monday (16th February) to discuss her future care. Brown, the daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, has been in a coma for more than a fortnight after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub at the end of January.
Bobbi Kristina Brown's family are reportedly considering turning off her life support.
Bobbi Kristina Brown's condition is deteriorating rapidly and her "organs are already shutting down", according to sources close to her family. The 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown has been in a medically induced coma for more than 2 weeks after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub on 31st January.
Bobbi Kristina Brown's condition may be deteriorating, reports on a US entertainment website claim. Brown, the daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, was found unconscious in a bathtub in her Atlanta home on 31st January. 21-year-old Brown has been in a medically induced for more than two weeks but a recent report on TMZ suggests 'several of her organs are already shutting down' and it's 'just a matter of time' before she dies.
Bobbi Kristina with her boyfriend Nick Gordon.
Continue reading: Bobbi Kristina Brown's Condition Reportedly Deteriorating