These days, our knowledge of celebrities too often originates with paparazzi images and snarky quotes by anonymous "insiders." After a while, it's easy to forget that stars are real people. We decided to subject Bobby Brown to our #nofilter quick-fire question and answer series. Because how well do you know someone until they've shared their guiltiest pleasures?
Trouble doesn't faze Bobby Brown, the R&B singer, reality show star ("Being Bobby Brown") and former husband of Whitney Houston.
Singing in the boy band New Edition made him a music sensation, and hits like "My Prerogative" and "Every Little Step" during his successful solo career made Brown a household name. But, as of late, the singer's battle with substance abuse, including reports of two DUI arrests this year, has generated bigger headlines than his 2012 album, "The Masterpiece."
So while Brown was headed for the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit to play Friday evening's halftime show for the Detroit Pistons game vs. the Orlando Magic, he was also arranging to have an attorney present for his 8:30 a.m. arraignment Friday in Van Nuys, Calif.
That's because, for Brown, there's almost nothing that would keep him from being onstage -- even if that stage is actually a basketball court.
"'The Masterpiece' feels wonderful," he told HuffPost Detroit. "I just love performing this album, because the music is done by real musicians and all live singers."
And after 30 years in the music business, Brown says he still gets butterflies.
"I'm never nervous... well, actually, I can't say that. The nervous energy is in me. But I make it go away by just knowing that I'm going out there and I'm going to give my all. And hopefully the crowd is listening."
As long as they're listening, Brown says he'll keep going -- substance abuse issues be damned.
"I didn't think I'd make it to this age, you know," he said. "Every day, every year that God gives me, I'm grateful for. But I've always wanted to perform for the rest of my life. I'm still doing it. I'll continue doing it until I drop."
HuffPost Detroit: Which shows are always on your DVR?
Bobby Brown: "48 Hours." I don't know, I like mysteries and stories like that. Murder mysteries.
What's your favorite Motown song?
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
What's your favorite Bobby Brown song?
I don't know. I haven't done it yet. But I love all the songs I recorded.
What's your guiltiest pleasure?
Chocolate and fried chicken.
Which artist would you love to collaborate with?
What's your favorite Prince song?
I like all his stuff. But "Purple Rain."
If you could ask Kim Kardashian any question, what would it be?
What do you do?
What's your recurring dream?
I always have dreams of falling. I don't know why. Falling from high places. I'm afraid of heights, so I think that plays a big part in it.
If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?
Chocolate and fried chicken!
How did you get on death row?
I don't think I would ever get on death row. I wouldn't do anything to get on death row. That's not a question I wanna answer.
What's one thing about you that nobody knows?
I'm a big baby. I am. Just a big baby. I cry at the drop of the hat.
Can Bobby Brown still dance?
I still got legs, don't I? Yeah, I can still dance. I'll be dancing till I'm paraplegic.
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