Bobby Brown pans new Whitney memoir

Florence Anthony | 1/31/2013, 4:01 p.m.
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According to the Chicago Sun-Times, sources say Bobby Brown is not happy with how his former mother-in-law, Cissy Houston, writes about him in the new memoir "Remembering Whitney." In the book, Houston actually disses Brown for what she perceived as his lack of concern for Whitney Houston. She writes: "I tried to tell Nippy that I didn't think Brown's was good for her." A close business associate of Brown says the singer "knows where he stands with Cissy, and her relatively low opinion of him doesn't come as any surprise, but he doesn't like the overall tone of the book, which he thinks is Cissy's way of trying to assuage her conscience about not doing enough to prevent Whitney's death."

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