R&B singer Bobby Brown has signed a deal with Dey Street Books and he will be releasing a tell-all autobiography entitled "My Prerogative." The book is scheduled to be released in June. Dey Street Books called the memoir "raw and unvarnished" and promised that Brown will "tell the full story of his life and set the record straight, particularly about his relationship with Whitney Houston."
The memoir will be co-written by Nick Chiles, who has worked on books by the Rev. Al Sharpton and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, among others.
"Right after I signed on to write my story, I went through one of the most agonizing traumas I had ever experienced with the death of my daughter," Brown said, referring to the July 26 death of 22-year-old Bobbi Kristina, who was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub Jan. 31 at her home in Roswell, Georgia.
Houston, Bobbi Kristina's mother, was found dead in a bathtub in Beverly Hills, California, in 2012.
"But I was surprised by how therapeutic it was to work on this project, to look at the entire arc of my life and to realize that although there has been considerable pain, I have also been incredibly blessed," Brown said. "I hope my fans and other readers of this book will be entertained by this trip into the crazy, exciting, fascinating world of Bobby Brown. And I hope they will feel that I have been as honest and open with them in these pages as I have tried to be my entire life."
"'My Prerogative' is the story of a man who has been on the top of the mountain and in the depths of the valley and who is now finally ready to talk about his career and family life, from the passion and the excess to his creative inspirations and massive musical success," according to the publisher's statement.
Brown, 46, has been a star since co-founding New Edition more than 30 years ago, his hits including "Every Little Thing," ''Humpin' Around" and the song that provides the title for his memoir, "My Prerogative." But many think of him first for his tumultuous time with Houston, to whom he was married from 1992 to 2007, his run-ins with the police and his struggles with drugs and alcoholism.
He has feuded with Houston's mother, Cissy Houston, who has said Whitney would have been better off without Brown and would not have become so "deep" into drugs.
Brown started his career as one of the frontmen of the R&B and pop group New Edition, from its inception as The Bricks in 1982 until his forced exit from the group in 1986 following a period of misbehavior and rebellious behavior on his part. Starting a solo career, he became a hit success with his second album in 1988, Don't Be Cruel, which spawned a number of hit singles including the self-penned "My Prerogative", which became his signature hit. Brown had a string of top ten hits on various Billboard charts between 1986 and 1993. Brown is noted as a pioneer of new jack swing, a fusion of R&B and hip hop.
From 1992 to 2007 Brown was married to the pop singer Whitney Houston, with whom he had a child, Bobbi Kristina Brown (1993-2015). The couple starred in the reality show Being Bobby Brown. Houston died in 2012