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New Edition would take troubled Bobby Brown back

Bobby Brown’s old group, New Edition, says they would welcome back the troubled singer.

“No matter what, we love that brother,” Ricky Bell told AP Radio recently. “I mean, this is for real; this is no politically correct answer or anything like that. The door is open for him.”

After forming as a Jackson Five-style R&B group in the early ‘80s, New Edition’s hits included “Candy Girl” and “Cool It Now.” Brown left for a solo career in 1986, though New Edition reunited for a short-lived comeback in 1996.

Brown, who married Whitney Houston in 1992, took off with singles such as “Don’t Be Cruel.” But he progressively became known more for his drug and alcohol arrests.

Bell says that even in his New Edition days, Brown’s troubles were evident.

“It wasn’t something he was trying to hide,” Bell says. “You’d see the mood swings and the change in attitude.”

But Bell adds that when Brown wasn’t drinking, “We (would) see that he’s a sharp individual, a talented individual, a family man.”

Brown, 36, will be the subject of a new eight-episode reality TV show, “Being Bobby Brown,” that will debut on Bravo June 30.

The show will also feature Houston, who has had problems of her own. In March, the 41-year-old singer checked herself into a rehabilitation center for the second time in a year.

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