Bobbi Kristina Brown and Nick Gordon Were Not Legally Married, Says Bobby Brown's Attorney
By Zach Seemayer
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Bobby Brown's attorney released a statement Wednesday, denying reports that the singer's hospitalized daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was legally married to Nick Gordon.
Reports surrounding the hospitalization of Bobbi Kristina on Saturday stated that she was discovered, unresponsive, in her bathtub by Gordon and a friend. These reports have largely claimed that Nick was her husband.
"To correct earlier reports, Bobbi Kristina is not and has never been married to Nick Gordon," said Christopher Brown, legal counsel to Bobby Brown, in a press statement.
After making frequent and conflicting posts to social media and press statements about whether they were engaged, in January 2014, Bobbi Kristina and Nick declared that they had tied the knot. Reps for the couple confirmed at the time that they had gotten married, but sources now tell ET that the family later learned that claim was untrue.
In addition, ET has confirmed that the couple was not legally married in the state of Georgia, where the couple resided and where Nick discovered Bobbi Kristina unconscious and unresponsive in her bathtub on Saturday. Marriages in California may be filed confidentially.
The unconventional relationship between Gordon and Brown developed after her mother, Whitney Houston, died in 2012.
Gordon was taken in by Houston when he was 12 years old after his biological mom declared that she could no longer care for him. Although Houston never legally adopted Gordon, she raised him like a son and he grew up alongside Bobbi Kristina, essentially as siblings.
After Houston’s untimely passing, Nick and Bobbi Kristina turned to each other for comfort and soon began dating. On many occasions, Bobbi Kristina responded to critics of their relationship by saying that she believed her mother would have approved.
It's unclear whether or not Nick has been allowed to see Bobbi Kristina since she was taken to the hospital. Sources close to the couple tell ET that they had been sleeping apart recently. While the Houston and Brown families have been divided since Whitney’s death, sources tell ET they are united in their take on Gordon: Keep him away.
"We are currently investigating the events that led to the hospitalization of Bobbi Kristina," Christopher Brown said in the statement released Wednesday.
While little is known about the circumstances surrounding Bobbi Kristina being found, police reports confirm that Nick performed CPR on her and was with her when first responders arrived at the scene of the incident.
The legal status of Nick and Bobbi Kristina's relationship could play an important factor in both the course of her medical care and, in the event of her passing, her inheritance.
Bobbi Kristina was the sole inheritor of Houston's entire estate, which was estimated at the time to be worth nearly $115 million. According to Houston’s will, if she does not have surviving children, the estate passes to her mother, Cissy Houston.
Gordon, 25, has had past trouble with the law. In 2012, he was charged with reckless driving and accused of DUI last summer. Bobbi Kristina's aunt Pat Houston has a protective order keeping him away from her immediate family.
It's unclear whether or not Gordon has been allowed to see Bobbi Kristina since she was taken to the hospital, but the family has reportedly agreed that Bobby Brown will be the one to make any decision regarding his daughter.
Bobbi Kristina was reportedly discovered face down in a bathtub of water just days shy of the third anniversary of the death of her mother. The 21 year old was found by Gordon and a friend, 24-year-old Maxwell Lomas. Police are reportedly looking for a third witness who may provide clues into events leading up to that morning.