Who is Bobbi Kristina Brown’s ‘husband’ Nick Gordon and why isn’t he by her side?

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(CNN) — There have been questions about the nature of Nick Gordon’s relationship with Bobbi Kristina Brown for years — from how he became a part of the family to whether the two are legally married. So what do we know about Nick Gordon?

Gordon was 12 years old when he joined Whitney Houston’s family.

“My name is Nick Gordon. My life changed dramatically when I met Krissy and Whitney. I was going to high school. My mom had kicked me out of the house,” Gordon said.

Whitney Houston took Gordon in — encouraged to do so by her only child, Bobbi Kristina Brown.

“We were best friends long, long, long ago,” Bobbi Kristina Brown said.

Whitney Houston never formally adopted Gordon, but did allow him to live with her. Gordon grew up alongside Bobbi Kristina Brown.

When Whitney Houston died in 2012, the media began to focus on Bobbi Kristina and Nick Gordon’s relationship. Gordon downplayed the idea that they were dating — telling NBC News “We’re just close — just going through her mom’s passing and grieving together.”

Gordon confirmed on Twitter he and Bobbi Kristina Brown are not blood relatives, writing: “For the stupid PPL out there, she gave birth to 1 child and she trusted me with everything!!!!!!!”

Whitney Houston’s brother told ABC News years ago that Nick Gordon was like a son to her. But not everyone in the family is feeling the love. In fact, Bobbi Kristina’s aunt got a restraining order against him last year. She claimed he posted photos of guns and made threats against her. A Georgia court granted the protective order for one year, forbidding any contact, finding she was in reasonable fear for her safety.

Gordon has had other trouble too. He was arrested for DUI last August.

In July 2013, Bobbi Kristina wrote on Facebook, “Yes, we me Nick are engaged. I’m tired of hearing people say, ‘Eww your engaged to your brother. My mom never adopted him.”

About six months later came the announcement on Twitter that the couple had secretly been married. A lawyer for the family says they are not husband and wife. But still, Bobbi Kristina Tweeted in January, last year, “#HappilyMarried so #InLove.”

A follow-up to gushing Tweets like this one, “@NickDGordon you are my moon, my sun, my love of my life . I’ll be by your side4 ever. You are my world.”

Meanwhile, the man she calls the love of her life is not at her bedside. Police are taking a closer look at his actions the day Bobbi Kristina was found, and a family friend says he’s not welcome at the hospital.

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