Access Hollywood has learned from a source close to Whitney Houston that the star has split from her long-time husband Bobby Brown.
What is now a legal separation is a technicality which will become a divorce filing in October.
The source says legal documents were filed Friday and that Bobby Brown was served with those documents yesterday.
Bobby Brown & Whitney Houston got married on July 18th 1992. They have been married for 14 years.
They have one daughter, Bobbi Kristina, born March 4, 1993.
In June 2005, Brown launched his own reality series, “Being Bobby Brown,” on the Bravo television network.
Whitney made a splash last night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel with a surprise appearance at the “The Society of Singers Presents the 15th Annual Ella Award honoring Johnny Mathis”. Flanked by her mentor, Clive Davis, and cousin, Dionne Warwick (who performed at the event), Whitney looked every bit the picture of health and happiness, the likes of which the public hasn’t seen from her in quite some time.
The glamorous Whitney was all smiles posing for photographs, laughing arm-in-arm with Davis and Warwick which appeared reminiscent of years past when she was at the top of her game as one of the leading ladies of the music industry.
Mr. Davis told MTV last week that he and Whitney are at work right now on a comeback album, and they’ve already chosen six songs for the project. Clive had this to say about what fans can expect: “Whitney is Whitney, and there ain’t nobody like her. It’ll be Whitney. It won’t be somebody reaching for a current trend, that’s for sure.”
Whitney has been under public scrutiny in recent years due to her declining weight, tumultous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, and her stint in a rehabilitation facility in 2005 (for undisclosed reasons). Her last studio album, “One Wish: The Holiday Album,” only reached No. 49 on the Billboard 200 album chart after its November 2003 release, performing far below her previous efforts.
Last night’s surprise appearance coupled with Clive Davis’ announcement of a new album indicates that the former reigning diva could soon be back where she belongs: on top of her game and on top of the charts.
Access Hollywood will keep you updated with further developments.
Timeline Of Whitney Houston’s & Bobby Brown’s Relationship:
August, 2006 - Bobby Brown fuels infidelity rumors when he allegedly has an affair with Karrine Steffans. Brown has never responded to the allegation.
August 21, 2006 - Osama Bin Laden reportedly has a crush on Whitney Houston
April 10, 2006 - The National Enquirer published pictures of a bathroom, allegedly Houston’s, littered with drug paraphernalia. These pictures were taken and reportedly provided to the enquirer by Tina Brown, Bobby Brown’s sister.According to the Enquirer Tina Brown has further alleged that Whitney has had lesbian affairs. Tina also said there was holes drilled in the walls so Houston could see if anyone was entering her apartment, but the pictures do not show this.
May 5, 2004 - Brown is scheduled to appear in a Fulton County, GA court to face misdemeanor battery charges after he allegedly hit his wife, leaving her with a bruised cheek and a cut lip. A judge ordered there was enough evidence for Brown to stand trial on misdemeanor battery charges for allegedly hitting Houston in the face at their home near Alpharetta, a suburb north of Atlanta.
March 26, 2004 - Brown was released from the county jail Thursday after spending a night behind bars for failing to pay $63,500 in child support. He paid up, and said the whole thing was a misunderstanding
January 7, 2004 - Brown is scheduled to be in court for a preliminary hearing regarding the December 2003 battery incident.
December 10, 2003 - Brown is charged with battery after a weekend domestic dispute with his wife, leaving her with facial injuries. Brown was accompanied by his wife as he turned himself in to authorities. This is when she started singing “(You make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman” in the car on the way out—Brown was released after receiving a copy of the charge.
June 2002 - Bobby is hospitalized for treatment of an infection, according to a spokesperson. He fell ill while traveling with his wife on a tour bus. The spokeswoman said that Brown had a fever, but declined to specify the nature of the infection. (AP)
1998 - Bobby is arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor sexual battery. (The sexual battery case was dropped due to insufficient evidence. The singer was arrested June 21 at the Beverly Hills Hotel for allegedly slapping a teen on the behind.) (USA Today)
1997 - The couple separate briefly. In a 1998 interview with Ebony, Houston responds to reports that they had divorced: “Nope. We separated for a minute, and it’s good sometimes to just get away.” Ebony reports they separated for one month.
August 1996 - Bobby crashed Whitney’s black Porsche on a residential street in Hollywood, FL.
March 1993 - Their child, Bobbi Kristina, is born. (Bobby has three other children from previous relationships - Landon, Laprincia, and Bobby, Jr.)
1993 - Bobby is cited in Augusta, GA for simulating a sex act with a female member of his group in front of an underage audience (per Atlanta Journal-Consitution). They report he was arrested for a similar act in Columbus, GA in 1989.
July 18, 1992 - Bobby and Whitney marry.