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When Whitney bid Bobby adieu

After fourteen years, Whitney Houston files for divorce from Bobby Brown

Ross von Metzke | September 15, 2006

Whitney Houston
ATLANTA — After 14 years of ups and downs reported tirelessly by tabloid journalists throughout the world, Whitney Houston has filed for divorce from her husband Bobby Brown Wednesday, according to a statement from the singer's publicist.

Publicist Nancy Seltzer said Houston had no statement to make and refused to confirm when or where the divorce papers were filed.

"I can just confirm that she has filed for divorce," Seltzer told journalists.

Houston and Brown have been plagued by rumors in recent years. From talk of excessive drug use to arrests to stints in rehab to the Bravo reality show Being Bobby Brown, which became a gay guilty pleasure for its embarrassing portrait of the couple, the announcement brings to a close more than 14 years of rumored turmoil in one of history�s most talked about celebrity pairings.

Houston, 43, rose to fame in the mid �80s with what was, at the time, the best selling debut CD by a female artist ever. After an unprecedented string of seven number one hits which included �I Wanna Dance With Somebody� and �The Greatest Love of All,� she reached the crowning achievement of her career�the best selling single of all time, �I Will Always Love You.�

The accompanying film The Bodyguard was a huge hit, as were her follow-ups, Waiting to Exhale and The Preachers Wife. In 1998, her album My Love is Your Love marked Houston�s long anticipated return to pop/R&B;, went quadruple platinum and produced the hits �It�s Not Right But It�s OK� and �My Love is Your Love.�

But shortly after the album�s release, rumors of Houston�s drug use and trouble in the marriage began to surface, coming to a head with Houston�s eerily skeletal appearance (pictured) at a Michael Jackson tribute concert in 2001.

In 2002, she came clean (sort of) in a televised interview with journalist Diane Sawyer in which she said her drug use was behind her.

But in recent months, tabloids have splashed headlines suggesting Houston was near death, beyond help and, in one case, had lost her teeth as a result of the drug use. Her sister in law told The National Enquirer last Spring that Houston was so addicted to crack she heard voices and talked to herself.

And Brown was plagued by trouble as well. As recently as July, when Brown reunited with members of New Edition, his performance got mixed response from the audience when Brown jumped suggestively around the stage and made vulgar remarks about his sex life with Houston.

Brown, 37, has had a history of drug and alcohol arrests and was sentenced to 90 days in jail in 2004 for missing three months of child support payments for two other children.

He has a daughter, 13-year-old Bobbi Kristina, with Houston.

Last year, Arista Records chief Clive Davis announced he would be working with Houston on a comeback album. The announcement coincided with her appearance at the World Music Awards, her first in more than a year.

Houston was seen out with Davis and cousin Dionne Warwick earlier this week, though no word yet on whether said album is still in the works and when fans can expect new music from the singer. – Gay Link Content

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