Now 43, the entertainer rose to fame when the influential '80s boy band New Edition released such hits as Candy Girl, Cool It Now, and Mr. Telephone Man. He was given the boot in 1985, with fellow members citing bad behavior, and he developed a solo career which would release his defining hit single "My Prerogative." Meanwhile after a few unsuccessful attempts at finding a new fit for the group, the three remaining members re-formed themselves as Bel Biv Devoe and in 1990, released their platinum single "Poison."
Optimistic for the outcome, new wife Alicia stated, "Bobby's children and loved ones are very proud of him. We appreciate his fans' prayers and well wishes. Bobby is mentally in a good place." Whereas Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter and only child of Bobby and Whitney -who is publicly dating her adopted brother Nicholas Gordon- shows very little belief in her father's treatment program. When asked by TMZ how her father was doing now that he's risen above it, her response was, "Rise above is not the word you should use."