Her Alleged Lover
Whitney Houston’s longtime best friend and alleged lover Robyn Crawford released a memoir called A Song For You: My Life With Whitney Houston, detailing their relationship and how it evolved over the years. Crawford appeared on The Advocate‘s LGBTQ&A podcast to explain more about their bond.
While she was there, she spilled some tea about Houston's ex-husband, Bobby Brown.
"Her first earlier interactions with Bobby was that she wasn’t going to get serious with him. They were just having fun together. She was more passionate and more interested in Eddie Murphy."
She Didn't Like Labels
She also explained that Houston didn't want to label her sexuality, but that they were very intimate.
"Whitney did not like labels…Our love, that we experienced, we were intimate on every level. We were friends, that’s how we came together, as friends. We got to know each other in an open, bare, naked way. The feeling that we felt between us, there was a moment we shared, it was physical. We weren’t ashamed of it, but we were preparing ourselves for the big business, which was huge at that time."
Ending The Physical Aspect
Crawford explained that due to societal pressure -- particularly from Houston's mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston -- they ended the physical side of their relationship when Houston signed her record deal.
The love that we shared, it was deep, really deep. One day we decided, before her career really took off, before she recorded her first album, that if people found out about us, they would use it against us. So we made the determination then to not be physical any longer. I mean, we sat down and made a conscious decision that we would not do this.
And even though, if she wanted to…Whitney was, she spearheaded this, I loved her, I would have gone ahead with it, just like we were caring for each other. If we wanted to touch, I would have. But it was important to me too for our love to be unconditional, and nothing ever changed the way we…we were truly connected. We just sacrifice the physical."
Maybe In Another Life
Houston tragically passed away in 2012 at the age of 48 after years of of struggling with addiction. Crawford explains that maybe in another life, they could have been happy and together.
"I mean, in an imaginary world, the love that we had and what we shared, if it was like this then, oh man, I don’t even know where that would have been. Maybe we would have been on some Island somewhere with that lemonade stand that she kept saying she envisioned."