“Jail got me to stop taking drugs. I never wanted to go back to jail. I didn’t want to be incarcerated ever, ever again,” the New Edition singer, 47, told “The Dr. Oz Show” in a new episode airing Thursday.
In 2013, Brown, who had long struggled with alcohol and drug abuse, was sentenced to 55 days in jail after pleading no contest to a drunk driving arrest. He only served nine hours of his sentence, but it was enough to convince him that he needed to change.
“I didn’t want my kids to grow up and see me in that type of light,” he said. “I’ve always been one to want to grow to want to be better and better on the next day — if I’m bad yesterday, I want to be better the next day, especially for my children. I mean, my children mean everything to me, everything. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them. So I try to be as strong as possible for them every day. And it takes every day for me to do that.”