Whitney Houston's longtime best friend, Robyn Crawford, has recently come out with a memoir titled A Song For You: My Life With Whitney Houston. The memoir is incredibly revealing about Houston's life and has (so far) two major revelations.
The two women met when they were both teenagers working at their local community center in East Orange, New Jersey. They were thick as thieves and did everything together. Crawford said that their relationship eventually became physical. “We never talked about labels, like lesbian or gay,” she writes. “We just lived our lives and I hoped it could go on that way forever.” She continued by saying, “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.”
According to Crawford, the two remained in their secret relationship until 1983, at which time Whitney signed with Arista Records. Houston was the one to break things off physically with Crawford, and did so by giving her a Bible. “She said we shouldn’t be physical anymore, because it would make our journey even more difficult. She said if people find out about us, they would use this against us, and back in the ’80s that’s how it felt.”
Whitney always denied being anything other than heterosexual, but even Bobby Brown, who was married to Houston for many years said that he knew about Houston's bisexuality and that he went so far as to think that if she was allowed to lead her true life then perhaps she would still be alive today.
In her book, Crawford specifically recollects the way Houston was attracted to Eddie despite being wooed by Bobby at the same time. She wrote, “She was more interested in Eddie Murphy, but he was elusive.” She goes on to describe the night that Houston prepared a dinner with Murphy. “One day when Eddie was supposed to come for dinner, I caught a glimpse of Whitney,” writes Crawford. “She was wearing a black dress and low-heeled slingbacks. For a moment, I thought ‘Boy, I wish she was doing that for me.'” However, Eddie never showed up for the dinner that night.
In a twist in the story, on Houston's wedding day to Bobby Brown, Murphy called Houston. “[That day] Eddie Murphy called to say she was making a mistake,” Crawford writes, “but she pressed ahead.”