Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown Separate...
Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2006 01:05PM
Whitney Houston has split from her
husband, Bobby Brown, Houston's rep, Nancy Seltzer, has confirmed to PEOPLE.
"She has filed for divorce from Bobby Brown," says Seltzer.
Houston filed the paperwork Friday, Sept. 8 in Orange County, Calif.
The filing is technically a legal separation, Seltzer clarified, adding:
"We're saying she filed for divorce because that is (Whitney's) intent."
Divorce proceeding are expected to begin next month.
"(Whitney) was in L.A. last night with Clive Davis at the Ella awards,"
Seltzer said Wednesday. "I have nothing further to add."
In the filing, Houston asked for custody of the couple's 13-year-old
daughter, Bobbi Kristina, and asked that Brown be allowed visitation rights,
the Associated Press reports. She also requested that property rights be
A Houston friend tells PEOPLE of the singer, "She is doing fabulously well."
Houston, 43, and Brown, 39, wed on July 18, 1992. But doubts about the
couple began even before their wedding day. She was the velvet-voiced
sweetheart raised on Baptist gospel music in a middle-class home. He was a
bad boy from the Roxbury section of Boston who had fathered three kids out
of wedlock. Still, Houston walked down the aisle in a $40,000 Marc Bouwer
wedding gown and, before a star-studded crowd of 800 guests, exchanged vows
with Brown on the grounds of her five-acre, $11 million New Jersey mansion.
Their marriage had its share of ups and
downs, including a month-long separation in 1997, run-ins with the law,
rumors of drug use and infidelity and a 2005 Bravo reality show, Being Bobby
Brown, that showcased a relationship many viewers perceived as bizarre.
But through it all, Houston and Brown always seemed to stick together. In
January, a report surfaced that Brown planned to divorce Houston and had
been partying with several women at a casino. Telling PEOPLE the rumors were
untrue, Brown said of his wife, "She's my friend. She's the better half of
me. They say opposites attract, but we're not opposites. We're one person.
We're loving life, and we're just trying to be as good to each other as
And in May, when a tabloid reported that Houston was abusing drugs and that
the union was in trouble, Brown told PEOPLE, "We are happily married. ... We
are going to stand for each other for as long we live. I adore that woman.
She helps me see God. I look in her eyes and I see God."
NEWSFILE: 14 SEPTEMBER 2006