Bobby Brown turns 44

By Dominique M. Carson,
B. Brown "R&B's Bad Boy is Growing Up"


Mr. Brown is still known to be the bad boy of R&B at the age of 44.

Robert Barisford "Bobby" Brown, R&B singer, songwriter, and actor earned success in music in the early '80s when he was a member of New Edition. After his departure in 1986, he went solo and released several number one hits from his second album, Don't Be Cruel. The album was released in 1988 and the hits on the album are "My Prerogative," "Don't Be Cruel," "Roni" and "Rock Wit' Cha."

But, throughout the years, Brown spurred out of control due to alcohol and drug addiction. He was addicted to cocaine, crack, weed, and heroin. His struggle with addiction escalated and led to numerous arrests, outbreaks with New Edition members, and a rocky marriage with Houston.

He was married to the late pop and R&B musical icon, Whitney Houston for 14 years. They have a daughter together, Bobbi Kristina Brown. Houston and Brown's divorce was finalized in 2007.

However, Brown picked up the pieces in his musical career after his divorce. Brown is now married for the second time. He married his manager Alicia Eutheridge and he is a father of five, including his youngest son Cassius. He has been sober from narcotics for seven years. Alcohol is still a struggle for him but he is taking the initiative to seek treatment for it.

Brown also reunited with New Edition on several occasions, including tours and awards. New Edition received the Soul Train Music Award lifetime achievement award in November 2012.

He formed a group with NE members' Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill called Head of State.

Brown has been in the industry for over twenty years and he has his share of troubles but being happy and at peace is his prerogative!



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