During an interview teasing his next A&E episode of Biography: Bobby Brown, slated to air later this month, R&B superstar and “The King of R&B” Bobby Brown confessed that he was sexually raped as a child by a priest.
Brown, who rose to prominence as a singer in the legendary R&B group New Edition in the 1980s before launching a prosperous solo career, described the incident, which happened after the state placed him in the care of the priest.Embed from Getty Images
“When my mother was arrested, I was sent to temporary custody by social services which was supposed to be a religious place,” recalled the “My Prerogative” singer.
“It was not a nice place to be as a child. One of the priests tried to molest me.” Brown continued, adding, “He [the priest] tried to touch my private parts. There was no penetration or anything. He touched my privates and I didn’t like that. I punched and kicked and punched some more until he got away from me; so I ran away from there as quickly as possible.”
Brown confessed that the encounter with the priest “confused” him and that it has stayed with him to this very day. “At that time, I was a young boy. I didn’t know what sexual boundaries were. I just knew I didn’t like being touched. Some things are hard to forget.”
Additional topics covered in the conversation include seeing his closest friend’s stabbing murder over a bike at the age of 12, his mother being beaten by police, having a sex addiction at the peak of his success, and his connections with superstars Janet Jackson and Madonna.
Biography: Bobby Brown will be on A&E on 30th & 31st at 8/7c