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Following Whitney Houston’s death, the singer’s ex-husband Bobby Brown made his own share of headlines. He angrily stormed out of her funeral over unfair seating arrangements, and a little more than a month ago, he was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence. To some, his behavior was seen as further evidence he was the one who corrupted his talented and beautiful former wife, but in a new sitdown interview with Matt Lauer scheduled to run Wednesday on Today, Brown emphatically denies being the reason Houston passed on far too early.

For decades, there’s been a perception that Whitney was largely a straight shooter until she met Bobby and married him in 1992. A daughter followed a year later, as did reality shows, stints in rehab and more brushes with police, but Brown is adamant his ex-wife had her problems before the two even met at the Soul Train Awards in ’89. Here’s what he told Lauer…
"I didn't get high 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."

Regardless of where each of their problems began, the couple spent years abusing drugs at the same time, but it ultimately took viewings of their own reality show for each to realize how far their marriage had crumbled. They later divorced in 2007 but occasionally still spoke afterwards. Brown claims Houston looked great the last time he saw her and had no idea she may have been still secretly struggling with addiction.

To watch the full interview, you can check out Today when you wake up tomorrow. In the meantime, if you’d like to read more quotes from the interview, you can hop on over to MSNBC.