Keepin' It Real?...
Houston, Brown try to get real
By Karen Thomas, USA TODAY
Bobby Brown is shooting a new reality
TV series — co-starring his wife, Whitney Houston — that he's hoping to sell
to a network.
Film crews with Brown's Atlanta-based
company, B2 Entertainment, followed the troubled couple — she's in rehab; he
just got out of jail — while dining out last week with their daughter, Bobbi
"It's Bobby's project, and he's her husband," says Houston spokeswoman Nancy
Seltzer. "Of course she would do it with him."
The Houston-Brown family (including the family dog) was filmed dining on
lobsters and steaks at the Palm Restaurant last Monday, according to the
Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The following evening, a five-member crew
filmed Houston as she sang Happy Birthday to a fellow diner at Atlanta's
Prime restaurant. (Houston also got a speeding ticket that day while taking
her daughter to school.)
Houston, who announced March 15 that she had entered a drug rehab center,
"had her counselors with her at the restaurants," Seltzer says. The singer
is in "a private facility" where treatment includes "approved outings"
accompanied by counselors, Seltzer says.
Houston also attended the Ladies First concert (Beyoncé, Alicia Keys and
Missy Elliott) in Atlanta on March 28. But the singer, 40, will not be in
New York tonight, where her mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, is hosting
a prayer vigil for her daughter at Harlem's famed Abyssinian Baptist Church.
As for Brown: No word on whether cameras will follow him at his court
appearance May 5 on battery charges stemming from an altercation with
Houston last December.
The R&B singer, 35, was most recently released from a Massachusetts jail
March 26 after one night. He had been ordered held for 90 days, or until he
could pay $63,500 in back child support to Kim Ward, mother of two of his
adolescent children, which he then paid. He also recently served a 60-day
sentence in Atlanta for probation violation.
4 APRIL 2004