After handling a rocky 14 years of marriage that included drug arrests and visit to rehab clinics, Whitney Houston has finally filed for divorce from Bobby Brown.
The pop diva officially filed divorce papers in Orange County Superior Court this week after filing for legal separation in September, according to information from Houston’s publicist Nancy Seltzer.
In the separation papers, the 43 year old singer requested that she be given custody of the couple’s 13-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina, and that Brown, 37, be granted visitation rights.
Houston wed Brown (who has always been considered the “bad boy” of hip-hop and R&B) in 1992 while she was at the height of her career with the monster hit “I Will Always Love You.” Brown, a giant in the music industry in his own right, had also seen a wave of success as both a solo performer and as a member of the boy band New Edition.
While the couple had seen a successful marriage by Hollywood terms, the 14 year relationship was plagued by Brown’s arrest for drugs charges, and even saw Houston twice checking into drug rehabilitation programs. Brown is also facing legal trouble in Massachusetts where he owes delinquent child support for two teenage children he has with another woman.