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A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston

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It was the summer of 1980, and both young women were running youth activities at a community center in their shared hometown of East Orange, New Jersey. Long after the two were married and had children, however, Crawford was still in danger of being sucked back in.

A generous, loving book that has more insight on Houston's career--the ride, the fall--than any other single source that I've encountered. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Through romantic relationships, breakups, and their own conflicts, the characters in Beaches always found their way back to each other, and Nippy and I assumed it would always be the same with us. On that day in 1983 when 19-year-old Houston visited Crawford and gave her a Bible, the two women inscribed the book with lines testifying to their feelings for each other. Well firstly there is no way a woman let alone anyone would allow someone who they have been intimate with in the past to be around their spouse (in this case Bobby Brown) yet alone in their lives (working relationship or not) unless they deeply cared for them, just no way!Despite our understanding of what religion might say about our love, neither of us expressed any guilt or judgment; we were immersed in getting to know each other.

And yes some of the rumors were true, they did have a physical relationship at one time, but it ended long ago. I remember seeing Whitney Houston's appearances at various awards shows during her years of drug addiction, and I even remember the reality television show she starred in alongside her husband Bobby Brown. But there was also an underlying indictment of the Houston family and how they utterly failed their sister, daughter, niece, cousin friend! After Houston married Bobby Brown, she told him about her past with Crawford and his jealous rage exacerbated the growing rift that resulted in Crawford leaving Nippy Inc.You know what we shared," said Houston, telling Crawford they had to end their physical relationship. I always brought my Whitney cassette tape with me while I patiently waited my turn to be able to listen to it. I didn’t know that she and her mother were so disjointed, I mean— parents are how WE GET THROUGH LIFE, forrealz! Crawford's lap was there for Houston to lay her head in after being told that she needed to get a weave for the tour supporting her debut album, in part because the dignified cover photo looked "too black. If "they" had let Whitney be open about her relationship with Robyn, then maybe a huge message would have got through and gone some way to stamping out homophobia.

Houston could be loyal: when, in the early days of their friendship, Crawford was employed at a car dealership and couldn’t sell a single car, Houston dropped in and bought one from her, without so much as taking it for a test-drive. I'm a Whitney Houston fan and it pained me to see her in the state she was in during her final years, particularly in the early 00's. I've acted out my life on stages with ten thousand people watching," go the lyrics, "but we're alone, yeah, and I'm singing this song for you.Meanwhile, Crawford was harangued, marginalised, and allegedly threatened with violence by the singer’s family. It’s an extraordinary response to an alleged threat of physical violence: that no one was thinking of Houston. I felt compelled to stand up at that point, not only to lift her legacy, but to honour our friendship, because friends aren’t something that you should just toss away.

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