After Bobby Brown’s Tell-All Interview, Family Friend of Whitney Houston says, “It’s So Easy to Point Fingers”

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Bobby Brown has finally broken his silence, offering his take on life with ex-wife Whitney Houston and the eery similarities surrounding her and daughter Bobbi Kristina’s deaths. Now a friend close to the Houston family has opened up to PEOPLE exclusively, with their take on the “sad and painful” ordeal.

In Brown’s emotional 20/20 interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, the 47-year-old opened up about his and Houston’s battles with remaining sober – and even admitted to using with the late singerright before their daughter’s eyes.

But the close family friend says Houston was not always surrounded by people who had her best interests at heart.

“Means to get drugs, a cast of enablers, the intense pressure of her own celebrity and expectations of that talent, a partner struggling with his own addiction and the spectre of her dependence…this is why we lost Nippy,” the friend tells PEOPLE.

Houston was found unresponsive in a bathtub Feb. 11, 2012 at age 48 at a Beverly Hills hotel, while the pair’s 22-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina, was found nearly that exact same way, but in her Roswell, Georgia last January – both from drugs.

During his interview, Brown took a bat to longtime rumors that it was he who led Houston to her addiction, and, ultimately, death and called the actions of both Bobbi Kristina’s boyfriend Nick Gordon and members of the Houston family into question.

“It wasn’t me who started her,” Brown said. “I take my part and I take it hard for me even being a part of it, but we all have our own minds and some of us are stronger than others.”

Still, many believe otherwise.

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Source: People | Liz McNeil and Nicole Sands