A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston

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A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston

A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston

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It sounded INCREDIBLE and Whitney never sang it again until she put it on her last and final album, I look to you, in 2009. I feel oddly protective of it, like if you didn't love her, then you don't deserve to read Robyn's re-telling of their lives together. Her experiences with homophobia didn't just concern her own life and romantic relationships: her uncle was gay, and so was her brother.

If people were allowed to just be themselves then maybe there would be fewer tragic endings to lives like those of Whitney Houston and her daughter. Officially, they were just friends, but even privately they resisted acknowledging what was really going on.

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. 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.

I kept feeling she was going to come, and I told Lisa, ‘When Whitney comes to our door, that door has to open. We safely hid it from everybody else; it was our secret, but we couldn't hide from Him — or whomever God is. She adds, “If Whitney partnered with you, she didn’t try to do your job, she worked with you as a partner. Crawford said she'd love to hear Houston sing the song, but Houston responded, "I haven't lived enough to sing it. People can grow up in many ways, and I think Robyn was only able to see the negative ways Whitney grew, because she was not the same teenager she met in East Orange, the same person she had all these amazing memories with.In an extraordinary scene in the book, she then went to Crawford’s house, handed her a Bible and told her they had to quit having sex, “because it would make our journey even more difficult”. Subconsciously this is what she wanted, because let’s face it, Whitney never wanted genuine love from a man. This is a searing indictment of the Houston family and the way they exploited and manipulated Whitney, enabled her addiction, drove a wedge between her and the love of her life, and only served themselves. It’s telling that the most touching part of Crawford’s story has nothing to do with Houston; instead, it’s the trajectory of her relationship with Lisa, her wife, an editor whose calm, healthy demeanour throws into definition the sheer dysfunction of the world Crawford was leaving. However, the portrayal of Whitney Houston was not negative as in the most recent documentaries and biographies.

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