With the premiere of TV One’s Bobbi Kristina movie airing soon, one book author reflects on her own life, which she believes slightly mirrors the turmoil and abuse Bobbi Kristina endured with a man who many believe took her down the wrong path. The TV One original movie will chronicle the gut-wrenching true story of the life and tragic death of Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown.
Arnikia Robinson, the author of Bendable BUT Unbreakable: Because God is Able, immediately recognized the state of mind that kept Bobbi Kristina emotionally attached to a man who was all wrong for her.
Raised by strict God-fearing Christian parents, Arnikia turned away from her Bible-based teachings and fell in love with the excitement and glamour of the streets. However, behind that sheen of glamour was a life filled with unpleasant and disturbing experiences that seemed to be drawn to Arnikia like a magnet.
At a young age, she became involved with a guy who turned her Christian life upside down by introducing her to a seedy underworld steeped in danger and criminal activity. The lifestyle eventually landed her in jail. Arnikia’s boyfriend also introduced her to something else—a life of domestic abuse.
According to Bendable BUT Unbreakable: Because God is Able, Arnikia Robinson was under the thumb of a guy who physically abused her. Sometimes, they assaulted each other, but they would always makeup. In fact, the makeups were just as intense as the breakups. Eventually, Arnikia found herself in a vicious cycle of domestic abuse that seemed normal to her. Isolating herself from family members while involved with her controlling boyfriend also seemed normal, and it’s one of the first signs of an abusive relationship.
While watching reality shows based on Bobbi Kristina’s life, Arnikia told TV Crime Sky she could see Krissy’s deep emotional pain.
“I don’t personally know Bobbi Kristina, but from what we’ve seen from watching the reality shows, I would say when we are hurting, we seem to shut down.” I can relate to that. From watching the clips, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s family [knew] something was wrong but felt like they couldn’t quite reach her. That used to be me. I know all too well how it can seem like everything is OK on the outside, but on the inside, deep down in your gut, you want to cry for help. However, we don’t get the help out of fear of judgment.”
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The difference between Arnikia and Bobbi Kristina is Arnikia survived, Bobbi Kristina didn’t.
Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unresponsive in a bathtub in 2015. She died six months later at the age of 22. In 2016, her then-boyfriend, Nick Gordon, was later found civilly but not criminally liable for her death, according to People. Now, Bobbi Kristina’s famous father, Bobby Brown, wants to stop the movie from airing on TV One.
What helped Arnikia survive an untimely death was her Bible-trained conscience, which began bothering her due to the debauched lifestyle she was living at the time. Hearing her mother’s voice, the true wake-up call came after Arnikia’s mother threatened to take her children away.
Shaken to the core, Arnikia Robinson knew that if she didn’t get back on track, she’d lose them forever. Slowly, she returned to the Christian teachings of her childhood, but this time, the path of righteousness no longer felt like a burden but more like a warm blanket that wrapped itself around her.
Bendable BUT Unbreakable
Arnikia cleaned up her life, went to college, earned two degrees, and wrote two books. She has also maintained a job in the medical field for over 20 years. The decision to write Bendable BUT Unbreakable came after she changed her life, but she also wrote the book to help her child, she told TV Crime Sky.
“My third child started facing some of the same charges that I was committing but never got charged for. I decided to write & tell my story to help my son and for healing and helping myself get through these times.”
When she’s not working in the medical field, Arnikia is working on Experiences with Love Volume II, her third book. She also tours, fulfills speaking engagements and is releasing her second single called “Chemistry,” featuring her husband, Eric Porter. Arnikia is also working on the video for her first single, “I Found Love,” which she says is already airing on the radio.
Like TV One’s Bobbi Kristina movie, Arnikia believes her book Bendable BUT Unbreakable should reach the masses because of its powerful message.
“It should be turned into a movie. Let me change that; it’s going to be a movie. I’m speaking it into the atmosphere.”
Although it’s too late, Arnikia wishes she would’ve had the chance to share the following message with Bobbi Kristina—a message that proved to be the guiding voice of her autobiographical book—Bendable BUT Unbreakable.
“To cry for help is actually when we start our healing. It’s OK for you to cry because tears are just liquid prayers. Every one of us has had a time in our life when we can look back and say to ourselves “‘that was meant to break me, but it didn’t.”‘ Now, I am a singer, writer, motivational speaker, poet, mother, grandmother, wife, and an entrepreneur. It’s not how hard you fall. It’s how you get back up. The blessing is not in the bending. It’s that you didn’t break.”
Arnikia Robinson will be watching the Bobbi Kristina movie if the judge allows it to air. It premieres on October 8, at 7/6 p.m. Central on TV One. You can find out more about Arnikia and her book at her Facebook page. Recently, TV Crime Sky covered When Love Kills, a TV One movie about the true story of Falicia Blakely.
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[Main Image via Bobbi Kristina/Instagram/Arnikia Robinson/Permission Granted]