Whitney Houston to End Rocky Marriage...
Whitney Houston to End
By JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press Writer
Wed Sep 13, 6:52 PM ET
LOS ANGELES - The tumultuous marriage of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown —
which withstood drug addiction, Brown's numerous arrests, the decline of
Houston's once-sparkling image and domestic abuse allegations — is coming to
A publicist for
Houston confirmed to The Associated Press that the Grammy-winning, superstar
singer had filed for divorce after 14 years of marriage.
Publicist Nancy Seltzer declined to reveal where or when Houston filed the
divorce papers, and said the singer had no statement to make.
"I can just confirm that she has filed for divorce," Seltzer said Wednesday.
Brown's lawyer said Houston had filed papers for a legal separation.
Houston and Brown, who had a home in Alpharetta, Ga., have one child, a
13-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
When they wed in 1992 the union seemed to outsiders to be a mismatch.
Houston — once one of the best-selling singers in history — was a glamorous,
pop superstar with a super-clean, princess-like persona, whereas Brown, who
rose to fame as a member of the boy band New Edition before striking out on
his own, was a sometimes coarse R&B singer with a more street-wise image.
But as the years wore on, it would become hard to determine which one was
more troubled. Brown — best known for hits like "My Prerogative" and "Every
Little Step" — would be arrested numerous times for drugs and alcohol, while
Houston's own battles with substance abuse sullied her image.
Together, the two were a tabloid editor's dream. When Brown was released
from a stretch in jail a few years ago, an ecstatic Houston greeted him by
jumping into his arms and throwing her arms and legs around him before a
throng of fans and media.
And in a 2002 ABC interview with Diane Sawyer, an erratic-sounding and
wan-looking Houston, with a profusely sweating Brown by her side, admitted
dabbling in drugs but denied using crack, then uttered the now famous
phrase: "Crack is wack."
Houston checked into a drug rehabilitation program in 2004 and again in
2005, announcing the second time that she was also using prayer to help
overcome her drug problems. Brown said at the time he was doing what he
could to help her.
"It takes two to make things work, so I have to be there for her just like
she was there for me when I went through my rehab stint," he told "Access
The couple did separate for a time a few years ago, but their marriage
endured, despite rumors and speculation. Their life was put on display last
year with Brown's reality series, "Being Bobby Brown" on Bravo. The show
actually made Brown look like a stable influence, while a jittery Houston
was on display; the couple often crudely talked about their marriage and
But earlier this year, the speculation of a possible split intensified.
Brown's sister made headlines when she alleged in a National Enquirer
interview that Houston was addicted to crack. She also supplied photos of
what she said was Houston's bathroom, littered with garbage and evidence of
Phaedra Parks, an entertainment lawyer in Atlanta who represents Brown, said
he told her Wednesday that Houston recently filed paperwork in California
seeking a separation.
"It is a legal separation. It is not a divorce or a divorce petition," Parks
Parks said she has not seen the documents and didn't know which court they
were filed in.
Asked about speaking with Brown, Parks said, "Bobby's not speaking with
anyone at this time."
Recently, Houston has made attempts to clean up her public image. On Tuesday
night, she attended a public event with cousin Dionne Warwick and mogul and
mentor Clive Davis in Beverly Hills. And she is working on an album of new
material; she hasn't released a record since 2002.
Houston, 43, won multiple Grammys in the 1980s and 1990s, including two for
the megahit "I Will Always Love You," from the 1992 film "The Bodyguard," in
which she also starred opposite Kevin Costner.
"I Will Always Love You," won Grammys for record of the year and best female
pop vocal, and "The Bodyguard" soundtrack won album of the year.
Houston also won Grammys in 1985 and 1987 for best female pop vocal for
"Saving All my Love for You" and "I Want to Dance With Somebody (Who Loves
Me)." She won a Grammy for best female R&B vocal in 1999 for "It's Not Right
But It's Okay."
Her musician husband recently reunited with New Edition for a show at July's
Essence Musical Festival. The show got mixed reviews from the audience when
Brown jumped suggestively around the stage and made vulgar remarks about his
sex life with Houston.
NEWSFILE: 13 SEPTEMBER 2006