In a book published next week, Whitney Houston’s former personal assistant and best friend, Robyn Crawford, has confirmed for the first time that she had a physical relationship with the late singer.
In exclusive People magazine excerpts from the memoir, A Song For You: My Life With Whitney Houston, Crawford says: “I’d come to the point where I felt the need to stand up for our friendship. And I felt an urgency to stand up and share the woman behind the incredible talent.”
Having met in 1980, the women ended their physical relationship two years later when Whitney signed a recording deal with Arista.
“She said we shouldn’t be physical anymore because it would make our journey even more difficult,” writes Crawford. “She said if people find out about us, they would use this against us, and back in the ’80s that’s how it felt. [So] I kept it safe. I found comfort in my silence.”
She continues: “Whitney told me her mother said it wasn’t natural for two women to be that close, but we were that close.
“We never talked about labels, like lesbian or gay. We just lived our lives, and I hoped it could go on that way forever.
“Whitney knows I loved her and I know she loved me. We really meant everything to each other. We vowed to stand by each other.”
A Song For You: My Life With Whitney Houston is published on Tuesday 12 November,
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