Bobby Brown has dismissed reports suggesting his new single Don't Let Me Die is about his late ex-wife Whitney Houston, insisting he wrote it for his manager and wife-to-be Alicia Etheridge.
Brown debuted the emotional new song on TV's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Wednesday (16May12) - and dedicated it to the memory of Houston, who died in February (12) - but he insists the track isn't about her, even though the lyrics appear to suggest he's mourning a lost love.
He sings, "I guess I messed up pretty bad... I didn't know who you were... I didn't know what we had. Now I'm stuck living in the past... trying to get the pieces back... but I guess now you're gone."
Clearing up the confusion about the deeply personal song, which will feature on Brown's upcoming album, The Masterpiece, he tells Access Hollywood, "I recorded it about seven or eight months before her (Houston) passing. It's a song about a relationship, love; it's just like you feel like you just wanna die when the person that you love is not there.
"Everybody misses Whitney, but the song is not about her."
Asked who he had in mind when he was writing the song, he said, "Alicia". Etheridge, Brown's fiancee and longtime manager, appears in the music video accompanying the track.