In a new memoir, Whitney Houston’s childhood best friend Robyn Crawford has confirmed long-standing rumors that the two were lovers.
Crawford wrote a moving tribute to Houston after her death in 2012, but this is the first time she’s spoken publicly about a romantic relationship with the singer. In an excerpt from Crawford’s memoir, A Song for You: My Life With Whitney Houston, published by People, she wrote: “We wanted to be together, and that meant just us.”
Crawford notes that she and Houston met as teenagers while working as counselors at a summer camp in East Orange, New Jersey. Houston allegedly broke off the physical aspect of their relationship in 1982, letting Crawford know they were over by presenting her with a copy of the Bible.
“She said we shouldn’t be physical anymore because it would make our journey even more difficult,” Crawford wrote. “She said if people find out about us, they would use this against us, and back in the ’80s, that’s how it felt.”
In the memoir, Crawford writes that she and Houston didn’t officially define their sexualities to each other or to the outside world: “We never talked about labels, like lesbian or gay. We just lived our lives and I hoped it could go on that way forever.”
Crawford makes it clear in her memoir that she holds no ill will whatsoever toward Houston for ending their relationship: “I felt an urgency to stand up and share the woman behind the incredible talent. I wanted to lift her legacy, give her respect, and share the story of who she was before the fame, and in that, to embrace our friendship.”
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Originally Appeared on Vogue