Born & Raised:
Full name: Robert Barisford Brown.
Born: Feb. 5, 1969. Raised in Boston, Massachusetts.
Bobby Brown was raised in the Roxbury neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1978, when he was just nine years old, he and two friends, Michael Bivins and Ricky Bell, started a singing group, partially inspired by the Jackson 5. Over the course of the next two years, they were joined by two more members, Ralph Tresvant and Ronnie DeVoe. Eventually the quintet took the name New Edition as a tribute to the Jacksons, whom they saw themselves as a younger version of.
New Edition's kiddie pop/R&B debut album, Candy Girl, was released in 1983 when the group's members were all in their early teens. The album was a platinum-selling success and generated multiple hits, including the title track. An even more commercially successful self-titled album followed the next year. The album, which sold in excess of two million copies, was best known for the novelty hits "Mr. Telephone Man" and "Cool It Now." In December 1985, about a month after the release of their third album, All For Love, Bobby was kicked out of the group by the other members due to personality conflicts and his desire to do more adult-oriented music, instead of the bubblegum pop New Edition had recorded up to that point.
After being thrown out of New Edition, Bobby signed a solo deal with the group's label at the time, MCA Records. His first solo album, King of Stage, was released in 1986, but did not make much of a splash in the music world. However, his follow-up, 1988's Don't be Cruel, turned him into a bona fide solo star. The album, which was produced by LA Reid and Babyface, generated five top 10 singles on the pop charts: "My Prerogative," "Rock Wit'cha," "Roni," "Every Little Step" and the title track. Another song he recorded for the soundtrack to the movie Ghostbusters II, "On Our Own," hit No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart in 1989. It was when he was still near the peak of his career, in the early 1990s, when Bobby started dating superstar singer Whitney Houston.
Marriage to Whitney:
After dating for a time, Bobby proposed to Whitney Houston, and the couple married in July 1992, about a month before his third album, Bobby, was released. The pairing of he and Whitney was seen as odd at the time because she had a squeaky clean image, and he was known as the raunchy bad boy of R&B. Her singing career was also seen significantly more successful than his, at least as far as pop hits. During the mid-1990s, Bobby branched out to acting and had small roles in numerous films. In 2005, Bobby and Whitney appeared for one season on a reality show called "Being Bobby Brown." The show, which ran for 11 episodes, from late June to early September, exposed much of the dysfunction of the couple's lives, including drug use. The couple separated the following year.
June 2004: Bobby was sentenced to 90 days in prison for missing three months of child support payments. The sentence was suspended after he made about $15,000 in back payments.
February 2004: he was arrested and jailed in Georgia on a parole violation related to a previous drunk driving conviction.
August 2003: Bobby was arrested for misdemeanor battery, allegedly for striking Whitney at their home in Atlanta.
And in 2002, he was arrested for driving without a license and being in possession of marijuana.
Bobby married singer Whitney Houston in July 1992. They separated in September 2006 and were officially divorced in April 2007. While together, they had one daughter together, Bobbi Kristina, who was born March 4, 1993.
As of early 2012, Bobby also has four other children, three sons and a daughter: Landon, La'princia, Robert Jr. and Cassius.
1988: Don't Be Cruel.
1986: King of Stage.