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Singer Whitney Houston is seen performing on stage during the 2004 World Music Awards at the Thomas and Mack Center on September 15, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

‘A Song for You’

Robyn Crawford releasing memoir about her ‘complicated’ relationship with Whitney Houston

April 25, 2019

Former actress Robyn Crawford has authored a new memoir detailing “the moving and often complicated story of her life and relationship with” the late Whitney Houston, according to the book’s publisher.

Crawford and Houston, who became close friends in 1980 as teenagers while working a summer job in East Orange, New Jersey, were rumored to have engaged in a romantic relationship before their abrupt estrangement in 2000. After the pop star’s death in 2012, documentaries about Houston’s life characterized her as bisexual and noted that anecdotal evidence from close friends of the singer suggested that she and Crawford had been romantically involved.

The 2017 documentary, Whitney: Can I Be Me, by Nick Broomfield, featured testimony from a former Houston bodyguard who said that Crawford and Houston’s husband, Bobby Brown, would engage in physical fights over the singer. Ultimately, it was alleged, Crawford was ousted from Houston’s inner circle after the star chose to side with her husband.

Another new documentary, Whitney, by Kevin Macdonald, contains testimony from Houston’s brother that he and Houston were both sexually abused by their much older cousin, Dee Dee Warwick, when they were children. Houston died at the age of 48 after accidentally drowning in a bathtub due to a combination of heart disease and drug use. Just three years later, Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown died at the age of 22 after she, too, was found unresponsive in the bath.

A Song for You: My Life With Whitney Houston by Robyn Crawford will be published by Penguin imprint Dutton in November.

Read the full story at the Guardian.

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