Whitney: Bobby Brown was emotionally abusive

Whitney: Bobby Brown was emotionally abusive

CHICAGO — Whitney Houston says ex-husband Bobby Brown was emotionally abusive during their marriage and at one point spit on her.

After a long absence from music, Houston is staging a career comeback with a new album last month and a two-part appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

On Monday, Houston told Winfrey that Brown wasn’t physically abusive but that “he slapped me once but he got hit on the head three times by me.”

The 46-year-old singer says she “was horrified he spit on me, in my face” and that left her “very hurt, very angry.”

Houston says she was attracted to Brown because he had control in their relationship.

Houston is one of the best-selling artists of all time, but her career stalled as she grappled with drug problems and a troubled marriage to Brown.

Boyle to do U.S. TV debut on finale of ‘Talent’ show

LOS ANGELES — Susan Boyle is bringing her act to America.

The Scottish sensation of “Britain’s Got Talent” will make her U.S. TV debut on the season finale of “America’s Got Talent,” according to a person close to the series. The person, who lacked authority to release the information, spoke Friday on condition of anonymity.

The dowdy Boyle surprised viewers of “Britain’s Got Talent” with her soaring rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream.” But she herself was taken aback by her sudden fame, which she has said hit her like a “giant demolition ball.”

She was hospitalized for exhaustion after the British show.

The two-part finale of “America’s Got Talent” airs Sept. 14 and Sept. 16 on NBC, both at 8 p.m.

Taylor Swift to appear, perform on ‘The View’

NEW YORK — ABC says country music singer Taylor Swift is going to make her first appearance on “The View.”

The 19-year-old Swift is scheduled to perform two songs on today’s episode.

Swift comes fresh from her high-profile appearance Sunday night at the MTV Video Music Awards.

She was giving her acceptance speech after winning best female video of the year when Kanye West jumped on stage and said Beyonc should have won instead.

“The View” airs weekdays at 11 a.m.

Today’s birthdays

Actor Jackie Cooper is 87. Actor Forrest Compton (“Gomer Pyle USMC”) is 84. Comedian Norm Crosby is 82. Actor-sportscaster Merlin Olsen is 69. Actor Tommy Lee Jones is 63. Movie director Oliver Stone is 63. Drummer Kelly Keagy of Night Ranger is 57. Drummer Mitch Dorge of Crash Test Dummies is 49. DJ Kay Gee (Naughty by Nature) is 40. Actor Josh Charles (“Sports Night”) is 38. Guitarist Zach Filkins of OneRepublic is 31. Actor Dave Annable (“Brothers and Sisters”) is 30. Actress Amy Davidson (”8 Simple Rules”) is 30. TV personality Heidi Montag (“The Hills”) is 23.

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