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Bobby Brown has some surprising comments on ‘20/20’

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Bobby Brown appeared in a “20/20” interview to promote his new book.
Bobby Brown appeared in a “20/20” interview to promote his new book.

Bobby Brown will say what he wants, weird as it may be. That's his prerogative.

In an interview to promote his new memoir, "Every Little Step," the Roxbury native and cofounder of the '80s boy band New Edition told Robin Roberts on "20/20" Tuesday that he had sex with a ghost.

"I bought this mansion in Georgia. This was a really, really spooky place," he said. "But yes, one time I woke up and, yeah, a ghost. . . . I wasn't high."

Roberts asked Brown if he was under the influence, but the singer insisted he wasn't.

"I wasn't tripping," said Brown. "I've had some crazy situations."

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Apparently. In the interview, Brown put forth his version of his personal life and career, including growing up in Roxbury, being discovered by local producer Maurice Starr, and going solo. He also discussed his turbulent life with Whitney Houston, to whom he was married for 14 years, their drug abuse, Houston's death in 2012 and the death of their daughter, Bobbi Kristina, in 2015. Brown told Roberts that the first time he saw her use cocaine was on their wedding day in 1992, and insisted that though they never did drugs in front of Bobbi Kristina, they "should have been better" parents to her.

"At such a young age for us both to have any and everything that we wanted was a blessing and a curse," he said.

Brown broke down when he spoke of his daughter's death.

He also alleged that Bobbi Kristina's boyfriend, Nick Gordon, whom Houston helped raise, had something to do with both of their deaths.

"The same thing that happened to my daughter is what happened to Whitney," he said. "There was only one person around on both occasions."

Brown and Roberts visited Roxbury, but the Orchard Park housing project where the singer grew up has since been converted into the Orchard Gardens development and his childhood home is gone. They also went to the Strand Theatre in Uphams Corner in Dorchester, where New Edition was first noticed.

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His memoir, "Every Little Step," is out Monday. He will be signing books at Trident Books & Cafe on Newbury Street on June 21.

Watch clips from the interview here:


Heather Ciras can be reached at heather.ciras@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @heatherciras.