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Bobby Brown believes his ex-wife Whitney Houston played a role in the death of their daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown - but in "the best way possible."

"I'm pretty sure her mother had a part and was like, 'Come on, let's get her up here,'" Brown says on the season premiere of The Real, which airs Monday. "She was uncomfortable by herself, I guess, so she just called my daughter with her."

Whitney Houston died in February 2012 at age 48 after accidentally drowning in a bathtub. Her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, died in July at age 22, under eerily similar circumstances. Brown was kept on life support for nearly six months after she was found facedown and unresponsive in a bathtub in January. Her death is under investigation.

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Bobby Brown's interview with The Real marks the first time he has spoken publicly about Bobbi Kristina's death. "We prayed and hoped for six months for something better to happen," he says. "But when God calls you, he calls you."

Bobbi Kristina Brown's conservator has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her boyfriend, Nick Gordon, alleging that he was abusive and caused her death by giving her a "toxic cocktail" prior to her drowning.

Watch part of Brown's interview with The Real here: