Bobby Brown has released a new single, “Don’t Let Me Die,” which appears to honor his late ex-wife, Whitney Houston.
The Grammy Award-winning musician performed the R&B song in a live set on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Wednesday night. It is the premiere single off his first solo album in 14 years, “The Masterpiece,” which will be released June 5.
“It’s been about a month since you’ve been gone, I guess it’s pretty clear you ain’t coming home,” the song begins. “I guess I messed up pretty bad, I didn’t know who you were; I didn’t know what we had.”
The record was released online May 9, and has garnered positive attention. Brown is currently on a reunion tour with his 1990s band, New Edition.
While he has not confirmed that the track was written for Houston, Brown described the album to CBS News as his best ever, a reflection of "what I've been through throughout my life … just trying to heal myself through my music."
He also commented on his recent arrest for DUI. "I'm going to do better in the near future," Brown said. "I just want to get back to what I do, which is entertainment, and this [the album] is the start to me getting back to what I want to do."
Houston was found drowned in her Beverly Hills, Calif. hotel room bathtub on Feb. 11. She was 48. She was married to Brown from 1992 to 2007 and they have a teenage daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown.
Earlier this month, Brown told TODAY anchor Matt Lauer that his relationship with Houston was “great,” and called their marriage “14 beautiful years.”
"I can honestly say that I love that woman with -- with everything that I am," Brown said. “And I believe she loved me the same way."
Brown also addressed claims he introduced Houston to drugs, and was the ultimate cause of her downward spiral.
"I'm not the reason she's gone,” he insisted. “"I think if anyone ever knew us, if anybody ever spent time around us instead of time lookin' through the bubble, they would know how we felt about each other. They would know how happy we were together."
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