Transcript: Whitney Houston: 'I'm a Person Who Has Life'

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Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown

Sawyer: Come back to the feeling that people have, that your husband is controlling, and that you can't get away from it any more than an abused wife can get away from it. Because you can't see it. It's a magnet that pulls you back.

Houston: The magnet that they're talking about is my love and my protection for him. I cannot say that there wasn't a time where, yeah, it was like that. You know? But I was new at it.

Sawyer: When?

Houston: Five, four, five years ago. You know? I was that wife that wanted to be there, to make sure, you know, everything was cool and that, you know, no other women were around and, da-da-da-da-da-da, ba-ba-ba-ba-ba. This is my first love, remember. I had never really ever been in love with anybody like I was in love with Bobby, so I went through all the changes that any girl would go through, you know? I did. I did. But I'm older and I'm wiser now. I'm wiser about it. He can go away and I'm fine. I can go away and he's fine. It's not the Svengali tactic anymore.

Sawyer: Once somebody's done that, though, it is hard to let go.

Houston: I don't want to let go of him.

Sawyer: No, it's hard to let go of . . .

Houston: He doesn't want to let go of me.

Sawyer: A Svengali relationship.

Houston: I did with Clive.

Sawyer to Bobby Brown: True? Not true?

Houston: Sometimes.

Houston: But sometimes I am of him.

Sawyer: Come over here. Come over here. I can't do this anymore. You have to come over here. But why is it so turbulent?

Bobby Brown: I think marriage is turbulent, you know? We're just in the public eye. You know? A lot of people, you know, that are married go through worse problems than us.

Sawyer: Have you ever hit her?

Brown: No, no, no, no, no, no. I wouldn't, I would never.

Houston: What does, what is this hitting me business?

Brown: I have four sisters. Four aunts, a mother. You know? Two daughters. I would never raise my hands in, in any kind of way to them. I love, I love the beauty of woman. And this is mine. No, no, no. Now, I admit, I'm, I'm, you know, I'm a wild guy. You know, sometimes, you know. I like all the attention. You know?

Sawyer: Does it bother you when she gets all the attention?

Brown: No, that doesn't, at all.

Sawyer: Yeah, but you're in the same business. How do you not compare?

Brown: No, but, but she's, she's a female. And no one can touch me as an entertainer. No one. You know, so I don't worry about that. I know no one can touch her as Whitney Houston. Her voice, no one can out-sing her, you know, no one can out-perform her, no one. So she has her part and I have my part, and you know, that's what makes it easy.

Houston: We share that.

The Drugs

Houston: And it's hard, because we're rock 'n' rollers, man, I mean . . .

Brown: That's the life we live here, you know?

Sawyer: Tell me about you and drugs.

Brown: Me and drugs, we're not friends. We're not friends at all. I used to, I used to smoke a lot of marijuana, a lot.

Sawyer: But marijuana is still in your life?

Brown: Yeah, because I'm, I'm, I'm, I'm, I'm the type of person that I'm a very high, high, high-strung person. I'm bipolar. It seems to help me from going up and down.

Sawyer: You're diagnosed bipolar?

Brown: I'm, I'm diagnosed bipolar. And it helps me to keep, keep, keep the, keep a level in my life, you know?

Sawyer: But is there lithium? Did you get it treated?

Brown:I can't take lithium. Lithium has me like this.

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