Woody McClain, the actor who played the R&B/pop singer in BET’s miniseries “The New Edition Story,” will reprise his role in the network’s two-part follow-up, for which Brown also serves as a producer.
“The Bobby Brown Story” will pick up where the New Edition mini left off. As noted by Deadline, “the story will chronicle the talented but troubled singer’s exit from the popular ’80s boy band New Edition through his solo success, his affair with Janet Jackson and his marriage to pop icon Whitney Houston. Spanning 30 years of Brown’s life, the new project follows his story from the hard streets of Roxbury, where he turned to a life of drug dealing before being given the chance to prove himself as a solo artist.”
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EURweb.com reporter Ny MaGee asked Brown during TCA what advice he would give his younger self if he could travel back in time to the height of his career; when he was battling some of his darkest days.
“I don’t know if I would give myself advice because you know, everything that I’ve been through in my life, it’s made me the man that I am,” he explained. “I mean, if you have regrets in your life, you can’t grow. I have no regrets. I have bad feelings of some of the choices I’ve made, but no regrets. To regret something is to not learn and grown and I’ve been able to grow and I’m happy right now.”
Brown also addressed how the press has (mis)characterized his relationship with Whitney.
“I feel the press has… basically got the wrong impression of me, basically got the wrong impression of our relationship. What me and Whitney went through was what we went through, you know? I don’t really deal with the press as much as everybody else does. I look at it as you’re the press. You’re going to be depressed at all times and I’m not depressed. I am who I am. I’m Bobby. That’s what it is.”
Brown and Houston were married for 15 years before divorcing in 2007. Since her death in 2012, there has been a renewed focus on their marriage and other aspects of her personal life. A new documentary, “Whitney,” opened in theaters this month and was made with full cooperation from Houston’s family and features an interview with Brown about his former spouse.
Now that Bobby has the chance to control his story, one reporter asked him: “What are you getting right that maybe other people didn’t understand about you?”
“What people don’t understand is that the stories that’s been told about me are untrue, are false,” stated Brown. “So, we’re just correcting everything that the press has believed about me and I’m able to tell my story from what I know, you know? My truth. And that’s the basic reason we did this film was to be able to tell my side of the story and that’s what’s going to happen. That’s what you’re going to see.”
But things took a tense turn during the panel discussion when Bobby was asked about past allegations of domestic abuse against his late ex-wife.
“There was no violent incidents between me and Whitney,” Brown said.
The reporter continued, referencing past 911 calls.
“You’re mistaken. You’re completely wrong,” Brown said, before announcing he would take only one more question.
Another reporter expanded the question, referencing a 911 call from 2003 that stemmed from an altercation that left Houston with a cut lip and bruises on her face.
“It’s in the public record,” the reporter said.
“You know, the public record is wrong,” Brown said, with the panel ending seconds later.
“The Bobby Brown Story” premiers in September.