While the rumors of incest certainly weren't helped by the pair's tendency to refer to one another on Twitter as "baby sis" prior to dating, it's pretty obvious that they're not doing anything too weird (or illegal) here; they're basically very close childhood friends who both grew up in a neighborhood known as Whitney Houston's house.
While Houston unofficially "adopted" Gordon when he was 10 (inviting him to live in her home "after learning that his birth mother could no longer care for him") and referred to him as "son," Brown's post stressed that they are not related by blood and that formal adoption papers were never filed.
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The crime of sexual relations or marriage taking place between a male and female who are so closely linked by blood or affinity that such activity is prohibited by law.
It is never easy to say—even with someone who also has a complicated family history.
For example, the blue-eyed man had his own family complexity.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 20-year-old daughter of Bobby and the late Whitney Houston, wants everyone to know that, like most of us—especially those of us with ugly brothers—she is not in an adult romantic relationship with her brother. In a Facebook post beginning with the line "YES, we me nick are engaged [sic][sic][sic]," Brown addressed a popular misconception that she and fiance Nick Gordon are adoptive siblings.
In her post, Brown observed that her mom (who "knows me better than any of you") predicted the two kids would start dating (perhaps because they were randy teens spending tons of time in close quarters supervised only by Whitney Houston).