Singer reveals eating disorder, feelings around deadly auto crash and secret affair via Boyz II Men singer.


For the past 15 years, VH1"s "Behind the Music" has chronicled the ups, downs and also ago ups of numerous musicians" resides and also careers. The present has traced the roller-coaster of fame rides by the likes of everyone from Aerosmith to Vanilla Ice, Mötley Crüe, Milli Vanilla, Madonna, 50 Cent and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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The formula is past predictable by now: wide-eyed musician(s) via prodigious talent has meteoric rise to fame, tragedy strikes in the create of drug addiction/death of cshed friend/label rip-off/career tank or any kind of variety of various other obstacles, however not before said artist maneras to climb above and make it ago to the spotlight. Except once they do not, as in the case of such tragic numbers as Aaliyah, the Notorious B.I.G. or Rick James.


But this week VH1 brought us the story of Brandy Norwood, the world-beating 1990s star whose resume of drama created among the most quintvital episodes in the show"s long history. And, in another of the show"s impressive legacies, Brandy opened up up around some major issues that have actually never been encountered in public in fairly this means.

Like Missy Elliott revealing her severe health and wellness concerns last year or Nas offering the most information to day around his failed marital relationship to Kelis, Brandy put all her cards on the table, revealing for the initially time that she hid her teenage affair via Boyz II Men singer Wanya Morris from her family and also fans for years, struggled through anorexia and bulimia and also talking around her fake marital relationship to music producer Robert Smith that was concocted to cover up her out-of-wedlock child. The last, she states, almost destroyed her career for good. She likewise questioned her reaction to the fatality of mentor and also great friend, Whitney Houston, that died on Brandy"s birthday in February, just days after Houston had given Brandy words of encouragement about her revived career.

The capper was her emotional conversation of the December 2006 automobile accident she led to on a The golden state highmethod that took the life of a 38-year-old mommy of 2. "It was just among those experiences you wish would certainly never before happen to anybody," she shelp. "That was among the worst times of my life ... someone shed their life and now everyone is saying that I"m to blame." Though she escaped a manslaughter prosecution in the case, the event clearly had a prodiscovered result on the singer and her reactivity provided one of the the majority of emotional moments in the series" background.

"Still to this particular day people ... they understand that that"s a button," she said tearfully. "They recognize that they deserve to contact me a murderer, or contact me someone that eliminated someone ... they recognize that that is a button for me."

This seaboy has actually currently watched a go back to the tragic fatality of Aaliyah in a aircraft crash, Nas" battle to resolve the fatality of his mommy and the dissolution of his marriage, T-Pain"s heartbreaking fight to break totally free of his domineering father, Akon"s controversial car-raising past and also The Game"s battles with his label and previous mentor 50 Cent.

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But of all the classic tragic stories of rappers and rock bands tested by death, drugs and disorder (Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Metallica, T.I., Motley Crue, Leif Garrett, Def Leppard and also DMX), Brandy"s stands out as one of the many emotionally wrenching stories of the modern-day pop era. And, thankfully for her, through a brand-new album on the method and also a steady relationship, and also an additional hit single with pal Monica, Brandy"s story shows up to be condeveloping to the formula simply fine.