The Many Heartbreaks Bobby Brown Has Endured in His Life

After a few years, Bobby quit the group to go solo. (Ricky, Michael and Ronnie went on to form Bell Biv Devoe.)

“When I was in New Edition, I was forced to grow up,” the Don’t Be Cruel artist told Rolling Stone in 1989. “It was rough for us, being kids. I think I still have the youngness in me, but when it’s time for business. it’s time for business, I just don’t want to be taken advantage of.” (The group had tangled with Starr over what they felt was his unfair share of their earnings. At the time of the interview, Bobby had his brother Tommy and mom Carole Brown managing his affairs.)

By then a man of faith, which he continues to be to this day, Brown added, “No matter what happens in life, you gotta deal with the problems. I was always taught this by my mom and dad. No matter what, you can’t let them break you down. Once they see that you’re broke down and you can’t take it no more, boom, right over the edge you go. That’s when you lose it all.”

He wrote that he made enough money off of “Girlfriend,” his first solo hit, to move his

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