Any casual Whitney Houston fan likely knows of Robyn Crawford, the almost ever-present best friend who stayed in close proximity to the star. In a new book, Crawford confirms a long-rumored physical romance between the two.
“We wanted to be together,” Crawford told People Magazine. “And that meant just us.” But, according to the book, titled A Song for You, Houston ended the physical part of their relationship after she signed her record deal with Clive Davis, though the pair remained close with Crawford playing a part in Houston’s wedding to Bobby Brown.
“She said we shouldn’t be physical anymore,” wrote Crawford, who is now married to Lisa Hintelmann, and is the parent of two children, “because it would make our journey even more difficult.”
An excerpt of the book is slated to appear in this week’s issue of People. The full memoir is on newsstands Friday. In it, Crawford contends that the pair started their relationship in their teens, and the physical aspect ended after two years.
“She said if people find out about us, they would use this against us,” says Crawford, “and back in the ’80s that’s how it felt.” Crawford also says that Whitney’s mother, Dr. Cissy Houston, told the pair it wasn’t natural for them to be so close.
In late October, Dr. Houston seemed to come out as a supporter of LGBTQ+ people according to Tenz Magazine. In an interview with Bishop Joseph Tolton, she said “God wants us to love one another,” when asked why we should love ourselves in reference to LGBTQ+ History month.
The bishop also asked what advice she had for parents of children who a gay, and Dr. Houston responds “Love and learning.”