Bobby Brown opens up about his past struggles with alcohol abuse.
During an appearance on “Red Table Talk,” Brown talks about the impact that alcoholism has had on his life.
“[Because of] alcohol, I started losing bodily function,” said Brown. “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.”
For Brown, alcohol wasn’t just a recreational thing. He depended on it.
“I wasn’t getting drunk anymore. I wasn’t getting a little tipsy anymore,” continued Brown. “I needed it to wake up. I needed it to stop the shakes, to function on a day-to-day basis. For me, it wasn’t recreational.”
Brown also shared how he’s grappled with loss in the past. The singer spoke on the recent tragic death of his son, Bobby Brown, Jr., his second child to pass tragically. In 2015, his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown died months after being in a coma. She was discovered unconscious in a bathtub at only 22 years old. His ex-wife, Whitney Houston, also died after being found unresponsive in a bathtub in February 2012.
Both Brown and his wife Alicia Etheredge Brown talked about how they broke the news to their 11-year-old son and explained how his brother Bobby Brown, Jr. died. An autopsy revealed that alcohol, cocaine, and fentanyl contributed to his death. He was 28 years old.
“It was high anxiety for me, Bobby too, so we talked to our therapist, ‘How do we explain this?’ I wanted him to hear it from us,” said Alicia.
“We sat down and we spoke, honest, truthfully [about] what was found, how he did it,” she continued. “We first asked what he thought. [It’s] terrifying for a kid to think…my brother went to sleep and he didn’t wake up.”
Previously, Bobby Brown and Kim Ward called for justice.
“My family continues to mourn my son’s death,” said the “My Prerogative” singer. “This epidemic is out of control and those supplying this lethal drug should be held responsible for the death and destruction that it causes.”
We continue to pray for the entire Brown family during this time.
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