Robyn Crawford, longtime best friend of Whitney Houston, is opening up more about her relationship with the late singer.
Earlier this month, her new memoir, “A Song For You,” confirmed the longtime assumptions that she and Houston had been lovers. Now, in a conversation with host Jada Pinkett Smith on the Facebook Watch show, “Red Table Talk,” she has revealed more about the near-lifelong bond between the two.
“I felt it was necessary to talk about the Whitney that I know who was thoughtful with her generosity,” Crawford told Pinkett Smith. “It’s my duty to do that.”
She said she and Houston met while serving as counselors at the same summer camp, falling immediately fell in love and that their relationship became intimate “on all levels,” adding, “There was no shame.”
Crawford went on to say their physical relationship lasted for two year – after which, Houston broke it off, partly out of worry that it would damage her career, but also for religious reasons, saying that “they could go to Hell.” She also said she believes Whitney’s mom, Cissy Houston, was behind the break-up; the elder Houston had called their relationship “unnatural.”
“I always sensed a bitterness in her mom,” Crawford said. “Her daughter was so awesome. There was so much to be joyful about. If anything, Whitney would listen to me. That would bother Mrs. Houston.”
Crawford also revealed that she and Houston continued to maintain an emotional relationship, sending love letters to each other even after the singer’s marriage to Bobby Brown – who was antagonistic to Crawford, to the point of physical altercation, and whom she claims physically abused Houston.
Crawford went on to further discuss that explosive marriage, along with Houston’s issues around addiction and as her own decision to disconnect from the singer, before talking about her memories about Whitney’s death, and the death of her daughter with Bobby, Bobbi Kristina.
You can watch the conversation on Facebook Watch.