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    Whitney Houston to end rocky marriage

    Whitney Houston to end rocky marriage

    09/14/2006 12:54 AM, AP
    John Rogers

    The tumultuous marriage of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown which withstood drug addiction, Brown's numerous arrests, the decline of Houston's once-sparkling image and domestic abuse allegations is coming to an end.

    The Grammy-winning, superstar singer filed papers in Orange County Superior Court on Friday requesting a legal separation from her husband of 14 years. The reason given was irreconcilable differences.

    "It is a legal separation. It is not a divorce or a divorce petition," Phaedra Parks, an entertainment lawyer in Atlanta who represents Brown, told The Associated Press.

    Houston's publicist, Nancy Seltzer, said the singer would have no comment on the action.

    Asked about speaking with Brown, Parks said, "Bobby's not speaking with anyone at this time."

    Houston and Brown, who had a home in Alpharetta, Ga., have one child, a 13-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina.

    According to the court documents, mother and daughter now reside in Laguna Hills, Calif.

    Houston asked that she be granted custody of the girl and that Brown be allowed visitation rights. She asked that property rights be determined later.

    When the couple wed in 1992 the union seemed to outsiders to be a mismatch. Houston one of the best-selling singers in history was a glamorous, pop superstar with a super-clean, princess-like persona, whereas Brown, who rose to fame as a member of the boy band New Edition before setting out on his own, was a sometimes coarse R&B singer with a more street-wise image.

    But as the years wore on, it would become hard to determine which one was more troubled. Brown best known for hits like "My Prerogative" and "Every Little Step" would be arrested numerous times for drugs and alcohol, and once for hitting his wife, while Houston's own battles with substance abuse sullied her image.

    Together, the two were a tabloid editor's dream. When Brown was released from a stretch in jail a few years ago, an ecstatic Houston greeted him by jumping into his arms and throwing her arms and legs around him before a throng of fans and media.

    And in a 2002 ABC interview with Diane Sawyer, an erratic-sounding and wan-looking Houston, with a profusely sweating Brown by her side, admitted dabbling in drugs but denied using crack, then uttered the now famous phrase: "Crack is wack."

    Houston checked into a drug rehabilitation program in 2004 and again in 2005, announcing the second time that she was also using prayer to help overcome her drug problems. Brown said at the time he was doing what he could to help her.

    "It takes two to make things work, so I have to be there for her just like she was there for me when I went through my rehab stint," he told "Access Hollywood."

    The couple did separate for a time a few years ago, but their marriage endured, despite rumors and speculation. Their life was put on display last year with Brown's reality series, "Being Bobby Brown" on Bravo. The show actually made Brown look like a stable influence, while a jittery Houston was on display; the couple often crudely talked about their marriage and love life.

    But earlier this year, the speculation of a possible split intensified. Brown's sister made headlines when she alleged in a National Enquirer interview that Houston was addicted to crack. She also supplied photos of what she said was Houston's bathroom, littered with garbage and evidence of drug use.

    Recently, Houston has made attempts to clean up her public image. On Tuesday night, she attended a public event with cousin Dionne Warwick and mogul and mentor Clive Davis in Beverly Hills. And she is working on an album of new material; she hasn't released a record since 2002.

    Houston, 43, won multiple Grammys in the 1980s and 1990s, including two for the megahit "I Will Always Love You," from the 1992 film "The Bodyguard," in which she also starred opposite Kevin Costner.

    "I Will Always Love You," won Grammys for record of the year and best female pop vocal, and "The Bodyguard" soundtrack won album of the year.

    Houston also won Grammys in 1985 and 1987 for best female pop vocal for "Saving All my Love for You" and "I Want to Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)." She won a Grammy for best female R&B vocal in 1999 for "It's Not Right But It's Okay."

    Her musician husband recently reunited with New Edition for a show at July's Essence Musical Festival. The show got mixed reviews from the audience when Brown jumped suggestively around the stage and made vulgar remarks about his sex life with Houston


    My Thoughts: it's about time. It's unfortunate to see two amazing talents wasted like that. I hope they now focus on themselves.

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    Trying to free myself from the snarkside.
    If you check the Misc. Music News thread you will see a conversation about this has already been posted.

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    Seriously! She does look so much better. I remember those Globe or National Enquirer Pics of her "crack house." I really hope they were fake...they were...disturbing, to say the least.

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    Whitney Houston: Let's get this divorce done


    ORANGE, California (AP) -- Whitney Houston wants to fast-track her divorce from Bobby Brown.

    The singer, who filed divorce papers in October, requested a default judgment in a document filed on December 28 in Orange County Superior Court.

    The couple wed in 1992 and lived in Alpharetta, Georgia.

    A checked box on the two-page document indicates that there are "no issues of division of community property" in the divorce.

    The document was obtained by the CelebTV.com Web site, which reported it Thursday.

    Houston, 43, has asked for custody of the couple's 13-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina, and that Brown, 37, be allowed visitation rights.
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    What a trainwreck these two are! Separately and together.

    Personally, I don't believe Whitney will ever be able to get and keep her act together now, and I don't think she'll ever be able to get her career back on the A-list track. Her voice is just totally shot now. She might be able to get herself together again, and I hope she does, for her daughter's sake.

    But I think her bridges are burned, and too much damage has been done, in her case. In his case... meh, I don't really care.

    I just feel so sorry for their daughter having to live in this trainwreck during her young life so far. Methinks there is a lot of emotional and mental scarring done to this child.
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    Let's do the old weigh the negatives thing here. Whitney....Britney...Whitney.. .Britney...Whitney....Britney. Oh hell why don't they all just go away & stay away. One disaster follows another, & on & on it goes.

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