Robert “Bobby” Brown was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts.
Despite a poor upbringing rife with petty crime and violence, Brown grew up going to church, and began singing in a church choir. Unfortunately, we don’t know what church that was.
However, Brown is a Christian, and seemingly semi-devout. For example, nearly 25 years after his 80s boy band, New Direction, broke up, Brown revealed what he thought to be the reason for the split while announcing a reunion:
We’re putting [New Edition] back together. I think the thing that was missing with us was prayer – us being able to pray together and understand our differences.
And commenting on the death of his ex-wife, Whitney Houston, Brown tearfully said:
God probably just wanted her up in Heaven, in the choir.
And if you peruse his Twitter feed, you’ll notice the occasional God-oriented tweet, either from Brown himself or the result of a retweet. It all amounts to a vague, maybe opportunistic faith. And again, we can’t tell which denomination, if any, Brown adheres to (however, ex-wife Houston was a lifelong Baptist). We’ll just have to put him in the generic Christian category.
Politically, Brown is no friend to the state. He has a long criminal history, ranging from multiple drunk driving arrests, a couple of assault and battery charges, and a few drug convictions. Brown seems to almost always be at odds with the law.
Plus, he’s even caught the attention of al-Qaeda and the infamous Osama bin Laden, who expressed an attraction to his ex-wife. Bin Laden said Bobby Brown might be one of his targets in America, to which Brown replied:
I figure if Bin Laden wants me, and everybody is looking for him, it won’t happen. But if he wants to try and find me for something so stupid, then he can if he wants. I have to leave it in the hands of a higher power.
However, in more conventional partisan politics, there’s not much from Brown–except that he appears to be an Obama supporter, something gleaned from this tweet on Inauguration Day 2013:
This is a day to be remembered, proud to be an American! Obama!!!
But that’s about it, Brown fans. Keep us updated in the comments!