Whitney Houston had an astronomic career, filled with world-renowned chart-topping hits and critical acclaim.
But her star fell almost as quickly as it rose, as Houston passed in 2012 after suffering a major heart attack. It left her fans and the world in shambles. She was only 48.
However, according to a new documentary, the artist was hiding deeper secrets that may have contributed to her death.
In a new documentary called “Whitney: Can I Be Me,” friends close to the singer suggest that Houston was actually in the throes of a love affair with her long-time assistant Robyn Crawford, the Daily Mail reported.Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images
Ellin Lavar, Houston’s dresser, spoke openly about Houston’s supposed bisexuality during the film, claiming Houston had feelings for both her notorious husband Bobby Brown and Crawford:
“I don’t think she was gay, I think she was bisexual. Robyn provided a safe place for her… in that Whitney found safety and solace.”
But the relationship between the scorned lovers was anything but safe. According to Houston’s former bodyguard David Roberts, both Crawford and Brown had an intensely violent relationship:
“Bobby Brown and Robyn Crawford together were the equivalent of fire and water, petrol and a short fuse – they hated each other. Simple. They would battle for her affections and they would battle for her attention, mainly to identify with the hate they had for each other.”
The one thing that could settle the flames between the two? Houston.
“I think there were times when he wasn’t always the winner but then Whitney would come in between them and she would pour the oil in the trouble waters.”
Filmmaker Nick Broomfield explained to MailOnline that Houston bonded in a special way with Crawford; they were more than assistant and boss, they were partners:
“They shared a house together; they often shared the same bed. I think the most important thing is that it was the most productive, supportive and creative relationship that she had for probably 15 years.”
It seemed that enough was enough for Crawford, when after 21 years by Houston’s side, she quit her job as creative director. And her departure may have had serious consequences.Dave Hogan/Getty Images
Tormented and unable to cope with the realities of her sexuality, Houston turned to drugs — the main agent of her demise. Twelve years after Crawford quit, Houston was found dead in her bathtub after an accidental drowning. According to ABC, drug paraphernalia was nearby.
The coroner’s report indicates a “small spoon with a white crystal like substance in it and a rolled-up piece of white paper.” Later, the drug was identified as cocaine.
And some of Houston’s closest allies feel that Houston may still be alive if Crawford had stuck around. Broomfield suggested, “if she stayed around, Whitney would probably be around, too.”
Even Brown, Crawford’s assumed rival, supposedly echoed Broomfield’s sentiments:
“Bobby Brown loved Whitney enough to say if Robyn Crawford had been around he believed Whitney would still be alive. I think she did an amazing job of keeping her on the rails, keeping her more or less on time for interviews and that kind of thing.”
Houston’s only daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, died three years after her mother at the age of 22.
“Whitney: Can I Be Me” is set to air on September 2 on BBC.