A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston

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However, I think this book falls flat in large part because Robyn refuses to acknowledge this distinction. When Whitney and himself were married; you have a wife who is a bigger star than yourself, everyone loves, respects and adores her, her career is huge and soaring making more money in the relationship, she really and truly loves someone else and you are the fall guy.

After decades of silence, Robyn Crawford, close friend, collaborator, and confidante of Whitney Houston, shares her story. But there was also an underlying indictment of the Houston family and how they utterly failed their sister, daughter, niece, cousin friend!

But when Houston started dating Jermaine Jackson in the mid-1980s, then Eddie Murphy, and rap star Bobby Brown, whom she married, Crawford admits it was tremendously difficult. Rather than considering her own position, Crawford’s first thought on hearing about the Enquirer story was for Houston. Even though there were the rumors, lies, gossip and dysfunctional ways that were said and written about. She didn't bad mouth a soul, not one and I'm sure she had more to say about people who mistreated her.

The life and legacy of Whitney Houston has fascinated and devastated her fans for years, from her rapid rise to fame, to her tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown, and ultimately to her passing in 2012. Strangely enough, Crawford’s loving yet honest portrayal of her friend cured me of feeling sorry for Houston, which I’ve done for years. When she finally accepted, Crawford could see why Costner related to Houston and knew the star had to be her. I just wish she’d stuck to the 7-or-so-year run when it seems they were incredibly close, instead of reaching and regurgitating and hypothesizing to meet the page requirements of her book deal. Three years after Houston’s death, her only daughter, Bobbi Kristina, died from a combination of drowning and drug intoxication at the age of 22; before she died, she spent months in a coma.

It reads as a tremendous betrayal, all the more so because, in the book, Crawford recounts how at the time she defended Houston’s behaviour to her wife. Homophobia played its part here because Whitney was torn - she was convinced by people that her career would be ruined if she was open about her relationship with Robyn. As the documentary illuminated, Houston remained caught between two worlds when it came to race: for her sophomore album, she posed with her natural hair, only to be criticized by members of the black community because her skin appeared lighter in the studio portrait.

She also told Crawford that, “if they found out – because her career was taking off – they’d use it against us”. Since Whitney's death in 2012, Robyn has stayed out of the limelight and held the great joys, wild adventures, and hard truths of her life with Whitney close to her heart. Deeply personal, heartfelt, and ready to set the record straight, Robyn Crawford's memoir is a vital story and a previously untold part of Whitney's life, from a women who knew her better than nearly anyone else.By the time of the singer’s death in 2012, Crawford was living in rural New Jersey with her wife, Lisa, and two children, and hadn’t spoken to Houston in several years. From the time she left college until she was 40, Robyn Crawford had one job, working for one company: Nippy Inc. you tried it Sir—- I hollered at Robyn’s recant of Whitney’s description of him and his cheating ways. 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.

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