I watched Robyn Crawford’s NBC special a couple of nights ago, as she promoted her new book A Song For You: My Life With Whitney Houston. If you have not heard about the book, Crawford addresses the longtime rumors of her physical, intimate relationship with the late superstar.
SPOILER ALERT: in the book, Crawford allegedly asserts that the relationship was much more than rumored.
Crawford, for the most part, convinced me she was telling the truth during the broadcast. I only doubted her once: when she said she wasn’t hurt by Houston’s marriage to Bobby Brown. Crawford said she was “happy” for Houston, “if that’s what she wanted.”
It was a very diplomatic, seemingly rehearsed, answer to a direct question. I believe Crawford was happy for Houston. If you love someone, you want them to be happy.
But I also believe Crawford’s heart had been broken. You could see it in her eyes as she recalled Houston’s wedding to Brown.
In hindsight, Crawford’s relationship with Houston was probably one of the worst-kept secrets in the entertainment industry. Brown wrote of it in his 2016 memoir, Every Little Step. On page 154 of that book, Brown wrote of the pair “I think their relationship had become sexual at some point but once I arrived on the scene, changes had to be made.”
A few pages later, Brown wrote “I think if Robyn could have been accepted in Whitney’s life and remained close to her, Whitney would still be alive today.”
Who would have been resistant to Crawford being a part of Houston’s life? Maybe Houston’s mom, gospel and background singer Cissy Houston. During an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2013, Cissy told O that she would have never condoned her daughter being gay, and spoke openly of disliking Crawford.
Crawford also claims that Houston had started using cocaine at the age of 14. That shocker left me with a question for Cissy:
Where were you when your 14 year old was using cocaine?
Maybe I’ll get to ask Cissy Houston that question one day. In the meantime, I’m going to dive into Crawford’s new book.