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Bobby Brown Recalls 1st Date With Whitney Houston & Says It Was ‘Like Love At 1st Sight’

Bobby Brown Recalls 1st Date With Whitney Houston & Says It Was ‘Like Love At 1st Sight’

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'I Look to You' Official playback of Whitney Houston's new album, London, Britain - 14 Jul 2009
After seven years out of the limelight Whitney Houston has kicked off her comeback with a launch party for her new album. Putting the troubled last decade behind her, the soul singer dazzled at the event in a black and white animal print dress. The 45-year-old seemed to be back to her best after previously, in the past few years, appearing gaunt and ravaged. The party, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London's Knightsbridge, was held to launch Whitney's new album 'I Look To You'. As she appeared on stage a beaming Whitney was greeted by a standing ovation from the crowd, which included the likes of retail magnate Sir Phillip Green. Also in attendance was music mogul Clive Davis, who discovered Whitney 25 years ago. Some of the tracks from the new album have already been released on the internet - to mixed reviews.

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Singer Whitney Houston's first UK performance, Hippodrome Theatre, London, UK - 1983

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Bobby Brown discussed the first time he met Whitney Houston during night one of his A&E Biography special on May 30. Although most of the first part of the documentary focused on Bobby’s upbringing and the early days of his career, it ended with a life-changing moment for the singer — the day he met Whitney. The two first met at the Soul Train Awards in 1989.

“I remember that night like it was yesterday,” Bobby admitted. “To be honored as a solo artist just felt so surreal. That’s also when I fell in love. When we first met, I went backstage at the Soul Train Awards and Whitney walked up and was bumping me. She just kept bumping me. I turned around and I said, ‘You know you keep bumping me,’ and she said, ‘I know.’ From there, it was just like love at first sight. There was something about her eyes that made me melt inside.”

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Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston at the Vanity Fair Oscar party. (Laura Rauch/AP/Shutterstock)

Bobby recalled asking Whitney if she would say yes if he asked her on a date, and she agreed. “The next day, we went out,” he continued. “We went shopping in Beverly Hills and then we had dinner at the Ivy and then we just chilled for the rest of the evening. Just the way she looked at me from day one until the last day we were together…it was always special.”

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Bobby and Whitney at the 1993 Billboard Music Awards. ( Randy Bauer/Shutterstock)

In 1991, Bobby proposed to Whitney, and they got married in July 1992. Together, they had one daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, who was born 1993. Although Bobby and Whitney were madly in love, their drug addictions and rumors of infidelity eventually tore them apart. Whitney filed for divorce in 2006, and the split was finalized in April 2007. Whitney passed away in February 2012, followed by Bobbi in July 2015.

The ups and downs of Bobby and Whitney’s marriage, as well as Whitney’s death, will be documented in part two of the Biography special. The second part airs on May 31 at 8:00 p.m. on A&E.

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