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Matt Lauer and Bobby Brown appear in a still from a May 2012 episode of the Today show. - Provided courtesy of NBC

Bobby Brown: I'm not the reason Whitney Houston's gone

04/30/2012 by Olivia Allin

Bobby Brown, ex-husband of the late Whitney Houston, has finally opened up about the singer's death, denying that he is responsible, as some fans have claimed.

"I know differently," Brown told Matt Lauer on the "Today" show. "I think if anyone ever knew us, if anybody ever spent time around us instead of time lookin' through the bubble, they would know how we felt about each other. They would know how happy we were together."

Houston died on February 11 inside a hotel room at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, a day before the 2012 Grammy Awards.

In the "Today" interview, which is set to air on Wednesday, May 2, Brown talked about his battle for sobriety and relationship with his and Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown. The 43-year-old New Edition singer also denied that he got Houston hooked on drugs.

"I didn't get high [on narcotics] before I met Whitney. I smoked weed, I drank the beer, but no, I wasn't the one that got Whitney on drugs at all." Brown said. "It's just ... it's just unexplainable how one could, you know, [say that I] got her addicted to drugs. I'm not the reason she's gone."

Lauer asked Brown about the last time he saw his ex-wife and he said she looked like she was doing well and "had this glow about her." The pair was married for 15 years before getting a divorce in 2007, but Brown was still upset over his ex-wife's death.

"I was hurt. I was hurt," Brown said of hearing the news. "Because, you know, me being off of narcotics for the last seven years, I felt that she was, you know, I didn't know she was struggling with it still. But at the same time, you know, listen, it's a hard fight. It's a hard fight to, you know, maintain sobriety that way."

Brown's children Landon, Bobby Jr., and La'Princia and his fiancée, Alicia Etheridge will appear on the second half of the "Today" episode.

Last week, Brown pleaded no contest to driving under the influence of alcohol following his arrest in March and was sentenced to 36 months of probation. Brown was also sentenced to one day in jail, which he already served after he was detained, and was ordered to complete a 90-day alcohol treatment program. He was pulled over for talking on a cell phone and failed a sobriety test.

The singer, who told Lauer that he is "very much clean and sober from narcotics," has battled substance abuse for years and has a prior DUI conviction from 1996. He pleaded guilty to the charge six years later and was sentenced to eight days in jail.

In 2004, he was sentenced to 60 days behind bars for violating his probation, months after he was arrested and charged with battery following a domestic dispute with Houston. In 2008, he was sentenced to a year of community service after police found him in an SUV in possession of a small amount of cocaine.

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